Digital map makers TomTom and HERE are intensifying their marketing push about high definition maps for the automotive industry.
This week HERE announced to have delivered samples of this map data to their automotive partners for their tests in their respective countries.
In the United States HERE is mapping parts of San Francisco Bay Area roads including US-101, CA-92, I-280 and CA-85.
HERE has been also partnering with the University of Michigan’s Mobility Transformation Center, a facility devoted to testing connected and automated cars. HERE is mapping the university’s Mcity, a full-scale 32-acre cityscape made for testing connected and automated vehicles.
HERE is furthermore mapping test routes in and around public roads in Detroit, Michigan, (parts of the I-94, I-96, I-696 and US-23), at nearly 400 kilometers (249 miles), it is one of the largest of all the test routes HERE is mapping.
In Germany HERE has mapped theA9 highway from Munich to the Holledau intersection in both directions (a 49 km stretch).
In Japan HERE plans to map in HD part of the Tomei Expressway near Tokyo in both directions later this year.
Finally, in France HERE has mapped part of the Francilienne (N104) between the A6 and A10 motorways, South of Paris (19 km long).
TomTom & Bosch
This week TomTom announced to have extended their partnership (read & watch here) with German automotive supplier Bosch. The two companies will collaborate in the area of maps for highly automated driving.
Under this agreement, TomTom is designing the necessary maps, while Bosch, on the basis of its systems engineering work, is defining the specifications these maps have to meet. At this moment, the maps are already being used in the automated vehicles Bosch is testing on certain public roads in Germany (A81) and in the United States (I280).
Commenting on this partnership, the Bosch board of management member Dr. Dirk Hoheisel said: “Only with high precision maps will automated driving on freeways be possible from 2020.â€?
What coverage, when?
When it comes to the wide availability of these maps, Jan Maarten de Vries, Vice President Automotive at TomTom, stated: “By the end of 2015, we want to have new high-precision maps for automated driving for all freeways and freeway-like roads in Germany.â€? his CEO Harold Goodijn said yesterday in a call with financial analysts: Harold Goddjin: : We are covering the highest road classes in Europe and North America, we expect this to be available end of 2016.“