While the potential of autonomous vehicle technology is significant, critical shortcomings need to be addressed before its possibilities can become reality. The truth is, despite vehicles being tested across the world, autonomous vehicle technology in its current form isn’t scalable. To advance the practicality of a driverless vehicle, companies need to transition from relying heavily on HD (high definition) maps to adopting a mapless solution.
Even though nearly all significant players in the automotive industry are testing some type of autonomous vehicle, there hasn’t been much innovation when it comes to navigation. Using HD mapping to navigate autonomous vehicles is a sound approach, but the actual process of mapping an area is extremely time-consuming and tedious. Companies spend significant resources mapping certain areas, delaying deployment in difficult geographies.