TomTom introduces autonomous test vehicle
TomTom announced details of its latest fully autonomous test vehicle. The customized car is designed to test and improve TomTom’s autonomous driving technologies. This includes the TomTom high-definition (HD) map, TomTom Roadagrams, and map streaming service, TomTom AutoStream.
Willem Strijbosch, TomTom’s Head of Autonomous Driving, said, “Having our own autonomous vehicle is a critical advantage when it comes to developing the technology required for safe and comfortable autonomous driving. We can continuously test our mapping technology on the roads, get insights and high-quality data on how it performs in a multitude of circumstances and, right away, feed this into our AI-driven map-making process.”
Eight laser scanners, stereo cameras, and six radars are built into the new vehicle. This sensor set allows for testing of different sensor configurations. They provide a 360-degree view of the vehicle’s surrounds, and the data from these sensors is processed and referenced against the TomTom HD Map so the vehicle can precisely locate itself.
The TomTom HD Map is designed to be a highly accurate and highly attributed representation of the road, including lane models, lane geometry, and traffic signs, with accuracy down to a few centimeters. It is meant to enable automated vehicles to precisely locate themselves on the road; to build a detailed model of the surrounding environment working together with the vehicle sensors; and to plan a path to the destination.