Mobileye and NavInfo are to build and distribute the former’s Road Experience Management (REM) product in China.
Specifically, the partnership’s purpose is to use Mobileye’s REM technology to generate a RoadBook in China, which is integrated and aligned with NavInfo’s mapping solutions.
Mobileye’s REM system is a solution to enable autonomous vehicles (AV) to localise themselves much more accurately than traditional approaches can support. Low bandwidth, anonymised data packets from vehicles equipped with front-facing cameras are used to crowd-source a RoadBook of drivable paths, including road/lane boundaries and the stationary landmarks used as reference points.
This is a critical sensory input to automated vehicles all the way from Level 2+ systems to Level 5.
The RoadBook contains no navigational or geographic information, so it needs to be delivered as a layer within NavInfo’s map products. NavInfo software and other technology can also support alignment of the rapidly updating RoadBook inside NavInfo’s standard map and Highly Automated Driving (HAD) map.
Distribution of this aligned product will enable future AV systems in China to gain the localisation capabilities needed for real automation.
“Mobileye has a history of pursuing partnerships with innovative companies which we believe results in faster-to-market products that support the pillars of safety and economic scalability,” said Mobileye CEO and CTO, Amnon Shashua.
“We are very pleased to announce our relationship with NavInfo as the latest example. NavInfo’s technology and market position make it a natural fit to assist in building RoadBook in China and thereby accelerating the next steps of autonomous driving.”