Autonomous car maps released for United States regions

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Highly Automated Driving map of California

TomTom has released highly automated driving maps to enable driverless car testing on interstate roads in California and Michigan.

Mapping and location specialist, TomTom announced today at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2016 taking place in Las Vegas that it has released a set of “Highly Automated Driving” (HAD) maps for use by automotive industry participants in the drive for autonomous mobility to test their products in specific areas.

Covering all the interstate roads in California and both interstates and freeways in the state of Michigan, TomTom has targeted the main testing grounds for autonomous vehicles in the USA and is contributing to bringing the goal of driverless cars to a reality through its HAD and RoadDNA products.

Available in XML and Shapefile formats, the maps cover 12,000km (7500 miles) of net2class 0 roads (interstates) in California and 13,000 km (8000 miles) of net2class 0 and net2class 1 roads (freeways and highways) in Michigan.

Autonomous vehicles can use the high accuracy and realistic 3D border-to-border road model of the HAD map and the pattern-based RoadDNA data to compare with real-time data from the vehicle sensors to determine its precise position at any time regardless of speed or roadside changes.

Commenting on his company’s delivery of 25,000km of HAD maps to the USA in such a short time since similar maps had been launched for the Autobahn network in Germany, TomTom’s CEO, Harold Goddijn said, “TomTom is more excited than ever about the prospect of partnering with members of the HAD community to expedite the innovation that will transform the automotive industry and the way we drive.”

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