Mobileye announced it had entered into an agreement with Nissan Motor to generate 'anonymised', crowd-sourced data to create next generation precision maps using the Israel based company's Road Experience Management (REM) data generation technology.
"The maps will be used as a source of localisation, foresight, and redundancy in order to enable safe, robust autonomous vehicles in the future," Mobileye said in a statement.
The agreement is the next step after successful, proof of concept work in 2016 that culminated in REM technology being used for Nissan's recent autonomous vehicle demonstration in London. It also extends previous relationships, the most recent of which was ProPILOT, the automaker's system that uses Mobileye technology to enable single lane highway driving with autonomous control of steering, acceleration, and braking functions.
This new agreement also furthers an inclusive approach, as data from multiple automakers can be merged to create the most scalable, robust, geographically-diverse, and rapidly-updating RoadBook in a low cost, efficient manner, Mobileye said.
Amnon Shashua, chairman and chief technology officer of Mobileye, said: "I'm very pleased that innovative work by our engineering teams is resulting in the confidence of customers to adopt REM. We now have significant commitments from multiple global automakers to generate and share data from camera-equipped ADAS vehicles, and then utilise the resulting Global RoadBook as a critical input within autonomous vehicle systems."