Tuesday 28 February 2017

Toyota’s new system to map ‘self drive’ routes

Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

Toyota Mirai
Toyota Mirai
Serious option: Toyota Avensis

Toyota has revealed it is currently developing a high-precision map-generation system to help make automated driving safer.

It will use data from on-board cameras and GPS devices to gather road images and information on a car’s position.

The information will then be sent to data centres that automatically update and generate high-precision road maps that cover a wide area.

The system will be shown at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in early January.

The problem with maps for automated driving purposes up until now, has been that they have been generated using specially-built vehicles with three-dimensional laser scanners.

These vehicles are usually driven through urban areas and on highways.

The data collected is edited to include information such as dividing lines and road signs.

But because the data is collected on such an infrequent basis, the maps are not updated as often as desirable.

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