Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development (TRI-AD) and Carmera announced jointly conducting a proof of concept for developing camera-based automation of high-definition (HD) maps for urban and surface roads. The aim is to realize TRI-AD's open software platform concept known as Automated Mapping Platform (AMP) to support the scalability of highly automated driving, by combining data gathered from vehicles of participating companies to generate HD maps.

In this proof of concept, the two companies will place cameras in Toyota test vehicles to collect data over several months from areas of downtown Tokyo. The cameras installed in the test vehicles use Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) components. Images and other data gathered from TSS will be processed on Carmera’s real-time platform to automatically generate HD map data. In addition, by placing commercially available dashcam drive recorders in Toyota test vehicles, the project aims to demonstrate automated map generation from a broader range of sources that do not have TSS. This draws upon Carmera’s millions of miles of driving video collected, structured, and enriched through safety monitoring partnerships with professional fleets in other complex environments such as New York City.

By combining maps automatically generated via the techniques employed in this project with digital maps available today, the companies anticipate the possibility of being able to provide even more reliable road information to automated vehicles in the future. And by generating HD maps based on data acquired from commercially available vehicles around the world, automated driving could be enabled on all roads.