Navteq has teamed with M/A-COM Technology Solutions (M/A-COM Tech) to create what it claims to be the industry's first commercial map and positioning engine (MPE) module.

The solution will provide vehicle control systems with predictive road awareness of 1km or more to enhance active safety, energy efficiency and driver information systems in vehicles independent of a navigation system.

The M/A-COM Tech MPE module integrates the Navteq MPE map-compiled database to communicate electronic horizon messages to the vehicle control domain.  The architecture makes road-based predictive information available to vehicle subsystems. Relevant map attributes include enhanced 2D geometry, curvature, absolute height, slope and speed limits.

The MPE module can enable a hybrid powertrain to anticipate a hill and an upcoming regeneration opportunity, transmission control to manage shifts based on a pending hill or curve and a driver to be warned if the vehicle speed is unsafe for an upcoming curve.

Until now, automobile control systems using road features such as geometry, height, slope and curvature, were required to have an in-dash navigation system as the source of map data.  

"Collaborating with M/A-COM Tech allows customers to integrate advanced ADAS [advanced driver assistance systems] capabilities into their vehicle designs and is further validation of Navteq's MPE reference architecture and the quality of our map data for ADAS," said Navteq VP vehicle sales, North America Jim Robnett.  

Navteq supplies location content to power automotive navigation systems, portable and wireless devices, internet-based mapping applications and government and business solutions.