TomTom is at the forefront of the Autonomous Driving revolution. Leveraging a decade of experience in digital mapping and location-based services, TomTom is uniquely positioned to power autonomous driving systems and help make Autonomous Driving a reality.
The evolution of navigation – from satnavs to autonomous driving systems – is based on continuously building trust into innovation.
With satnavs, the challenge was educating drivers to trust a machine for directions. With connected cars, the challenge is to educate drivers to trust new real-time services based on big data, such as services to help drivers find parking, a fuel station or an EV charging station.
With driving automation, a key challenge is to educate drivers to trust the technology. The way to build that trust is by designing products and services that are safe and familiar to users and to other drivers.
At TomTom we are building trust into Autonomous Driving by designing products that ensure autonomous vehicles are always aware of their exact location, surroundings and path, with high levels of accuracy, robustness and reliability.
TomTom focuses on mapping, localisation and map maintenance for Autonomous Driving, enabling autonomous vehicles to gain a detailed and updated map of reality, precisely locate themselves on the road, and plan the most efficient path to destination. This enables autonomous vehicles to become environment-aware, location-aware and path-aware.
TomTom’s Role in an Autonomous Driving System
Autonomous Driving requires highly complex systems featuring several functional blocks. The illustration on the right highlights the functional blocks where TomTom plays a key role, with the goal to make autonomous driving a reality.
Map production runs in the TomTom cloud, feeding the vehicle with HD Map SD Map and Road Events data. Vehicle sensor data is fed back into the cloud-based system in the form of map observations, helping maintain the map. This helps ensure autonomous vehicles can rely on a map that always reflects reality in near real-time.
TomTom can deliver HD Map, SD Map and Live Map data to the vehicle mission control and autonomous driving system through a map streaming service or through NDS incremental updates. These map delivery methods help ensure the relevant map data is delivered to the right onboard systems in the most bandwidth-efficient way.
The map observation intake platform is designed to gather map observations derived from vehicle sensors. These map observations are then fused back into the cloud-based map production system, ensuring that maps are always up to date and reflect reality in near real-time.