Mobileye, Ordnance to gather and share map data
Mobileye and Ordnance Survey announced an agreement to bring high-precision location data to UK agencies and businesses.
Ordnance Survey’s geospatial and technology expertise will be paired with Mobileye’s automotive camera-based mapping capabilities to offer what the companies are calling "a new, accurate, and customizable location information service" to Ordnance Survey customers across energy, infrastructure, and other sectors.
“Using maps to improve operations between businesses and cities will help bring us closer to the realization of smart cities and safer roads,” said Prof. Amnon Shashua, Mobileye CEO.
The companies believe the utility of mapping innovation goes beyond autonomous vehicles. They are using the deal as an example of how Mobileye’s mapping capabilities can extend the value of location data to businesses in new market segments, such as smart cities. The key, they say, lies in making such data available to businesses and governments in a way that is anonymized for privacy.
Using the Mobileye technology, vehicles will gather sizable volumes of location data on road networks and roadside infrastructure. The collected data is then cross-referenced with existing geospatial datasets, such as OS MasterMap, to help develop accurate maps of Britain’s roads and surrounding areas. As a result, Ordnance Survey and Mobileye say they can offer customized solutions derived from the location intelligence and can help companies in both existing and developing industries to run a smarter, better connected business.
Utility companies, for example, can leverage the service to maintain the precise location of their assets on the ground, such as manhole covers, lamp posts, and telephone poles. By enabling a stronger view into over-ground and underground assets, these companies can more efficiently plan and manage maintenance needs, support, or other necessary work.
The new service will also support 5G, intelligent mobility, and additional digital services.