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Tool tells drivers when it is safe to use automated features

RoadCheck from TomTom enables carmakers to use its high-definition map data to define the operational design domain of their vehicles’ automated driving functions.

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Tool will allow carmakers to control where automated driving functions can be activated
Tool will allow carmakers to control where automated driving functions can be activated

Location technology specialist TomTom is launching a tool for automated vehicles that allows carmakers to decide where it is safe for drivers to activate their vehicles’ automated driving functions.

 

TomTom reports that RoadCheck will be deployed in a production model by a leading global carmaker in 2021, starting in the US.

 

Safe automated driving

 

In a statement, TomTom said safe automated driving is not always possible during periods of adverse weather, in tunnels, and in changing environments, such as during roadworks.

 

RoadCheck enables carmakers to use TomTom’s high-definition (HD) map data to define the operational design domain (ODD) of their vehicles’ automated driving functions. This makes it possible for carmakers to manage where these functions can be used safely.

 

“By enabling carmakers to control where automated driving functions can be activated, TomTom is addressing a critical industry challenge that has been highlighted by our partners and customers,” said Willem Strijbosch, head of autonomous driving at TomTom. “TomTom RoadCheck – an industry first technology – will make safe autonomous driving a reality sooner.”

 

He added: “With the addition of TomTom RoadCheck, we have become the first to offer carmakers a complete mapping service for safe automated driving.”

“By enabling carmakers to control where automated driving functions can be activated, TomTom is addressing a critical industry challenge that has been highlighted by our partners and customers”

The product is the latest in TomTom’s drive to make roads safer as well as reduce travel time and congestion by enabling other parties to integrate its technology.

 

Earlier this year it announced that Verizon will integrate its map APIs and software developer kits (SDKs) into its location services offering, making it easier for the developer community to build upon and integrate the platform. This agreement is an expansion of the existing TomTom and Verizon agreement where TomTom provides location-based services to enhance Verizon’s current suite of location-based data, navigation, and intelligence.

 

Last year the companies announced an innovation project using Verizon 5G ultra wideband and TomTom maps oo help make intersections safer for emergency vehicles.

 

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