HERE Technologies and a group of partner companies have formed an alliance for a global mapping system that HERE says will underpin the safe use of autonomous vehicles (AVs).
A unified worldwide mapping system will guide self-driving cars safely and efficiently. That is the goal of HERE Technologies and its regional mapping partners NavInfo of China, Increment P (IPC)/Pioneer of Japan and SK Telecom of Korea.
The four companies announced that they have formed the OneMap Alliance to offer a global, standardised and dynamic high definition (HD) map from 2020. The global HD map offering is aligned to the specification developed for HERE HD Live Map.
Together, the companies plan to offer a consistent HD map across regions at a time when several automakers will be bringing to market vehicles with high levels of automation. The OneMap Alliance is open to new, strategic partners who are shaping the future of automated driving, mobility and smart cities.
“Automakers building automated cars are thinking globally and want a HD map that can scale with them,” said Ralf Herrtwich, SVP Services at HERE Technologies. “By sourcing from the OneMap Alliance partners, automakers get to leverage a map that is fully harmonised across regions, offering the same high quality for their vehicles in the US as it does in Europe and Asia. This simplified way of sourcing the map will also help reduce automakers’ development time and unnecessary costs.”
“NavInfo is dedicated to build the intelligent, reliable and standardised HD Live Map to jointly realise a safer and better autonomous driving solution with partners all around the globe,” said Patrick Cheng, CEO of NavInfo. “With OneMap Alliance, market leaders are able to join forces to empower automakers with high quality, scalable, and now unified HD Live Map to accelerate the next steps of autonomous driving.”
“In Japan, Dynamic Map Platform (DMP), in which IPC invested, together with other map companies and automakers in Japan, has developed HD three-dimensional map data.” said Takumi Jinguji, president and CEO of IPC. “With IPC’s map technology, HD map data developed by DMP will be provided to European and American automakers through HERE HD Live Map.”
“In the era of autonomous driving, cars will share and receive real-time data about what’s happening on the road, and this is where HD maps and advanced connectivity will play a crucial role,” said Ian Huh, SVP IoT/data division head at SK Telecom. “With HD Live Map leveraging our 5G technology, SK Telecom will be at the heart of a powerful unified service for automakers.”
HERE is a leading provider of high definition mapping whose HD Live Map service will already cover more than 1m km of roads in North America, Europe, South Korea, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates by the end of 2018. NavInfo is a leading provider of high definition mapping in China. Increment P Corporation, a subsidiary of Pioneer Corporation, the global car electronics company, is a leading provider high definition mapping in Japan. SK Telecom is Korea’s largest telecommunications company and it and HERE plan to utilise large volumes of probe and sensor data to fuel HD Live Map updates and other dynamic data services.
HD Live Map is a dynamic digital representation of the road environment that utilises camera and other sensory observations of millions of cars to self-heal. This means that, as the world changes, the map corrects and calibrates itself to ensure it stays useful and trusted. It is designed to give vehicles an uninterrupted picture of the road environment – even when there’s a truck or building blocking their view – with awareness of upcoming lane configurations and their meaning. HD Live Map can also be complemented by additional HERE data services that bring to the vehicle useful information about jams, potential road hazards and the best routes to take.