Bosch automated driving concept is taking shape further as it has roped in the service of Dutch map major TomTom to achieve high precision mapping, which is crucial for safety and comfort driving in highly automated vehicles.
Germany-based auto component major and vehicle technology solutions provider Bosch has joined hands with Dutch map and traffic solution provider TomTom to achieve innovative mapping solutions for highly automated driving.
The highly automated driving is the concept towards which many of the OEM and Tier 1 component and auto solution providers are working in depth in recent years to stay ahead in the global competition for high technology backed top-end vehicles.
Teaming up with Bosch will allow Dutch map giant TomTom to design necessary maps for Bosch automated driving concept while Bosch, on the other hand, will define specifications of high precision maps based on its systems engineering expertise to take forward the automotive driving concept.
Already, Bosch is using maps in the automated vehicles being tested on certain public road stretches in the United States and Germany. .
Commenting on Bosch’s partnership with TomTom, Dr Dirk Hoheise, member of Bosch board of management said, “Automated driving on freeways will be possible from 2020 only with the help of high precision maps.”
The current maps used in vehicles differ with high precision maps specially designed for automated driving in two aspects. The most important first aspect is the accuracy is significantly higher (in decimeter precision) and the highly automated driving specific map material consists multiple layers.
The map material plays a crucial role to carry out safe and comfort driving in highly automated vehicles. The map materials should be up-to-date. For an instance, the vehicle can select the best proactive driving strategy only if it gets up-to-the-minute speed-limit information. To achieve this, Bosch and TomTom uses different parameters and solutions to keep the map data fresh and up-to-date, with accurate mapping of new routes while registering recent changes on the routes, roads and traffic signals.
Jan Maarten de Vries, Vice-President, Automotive, TomTom, adds: “TomTom want to have a new high precision mapping for automated driving by the end of 2015 for all freeways and freeway like roads in Germany. Subsequently road coverage will be extended to the remaining parts of Europe and North America.”.
Both the companies are even plans to use feedback from fleets of vehicles fitted with necessary sensors for this purpose. In this way, the latest information on changes in route and road condition can be captured and transferred to a server. These dates will be entered into the digital map database after proper verification.
Already Bosch has partnership with TomTom as it sources map information for its connected horizon, a concept that assists driver with detailed topological data on roads. The new partnership with TomTom will help Bosch to come out with innovative mapping solutions in highly automated driving.
Bosch has been carrying out its automated driving projects under its business division, mobility solutions, which is largest revenue fetching business vertical of the company. In 2014, the mobility solutions business sector fetched 33.3 billion euros, which is almost 66 percent of total turnover of Bosch Group.