The development of automated driving is a puzzle with many pieces. Together with the Dutch map and traffic provider TomTom, Bosch says it is getting closer to the complete picture.
The two companies have agreed to 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. The maps are already being used in the automated vehicles Bosch is testing on certain public roads in Germany and in the United States.
Commenting on the importance of this venture, the Bosch board of management member Dr. Dirk Hoheisel said, “Only with high-precision maps will automated driving on freeways be possible from 2020.”
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.
For Bosch and TomTom, this collaboration in the area of maps for highly-automated driving is an extension of an already existing, successful partnership. For Bosch’s connected horizon, TomTom also provides dynamic map information via its real-time service backend – albeit without any localization layer. In this way, the connected horizon makes it possible to predict the route ahead and adapt driving strategy accordingly. This solution was demonstrated for the first time in 2014, at the IAA Commercial Vehicles trade show in Hanover. The system recognizes potential black spots behind hills, or the start of a traffic jam, at an early stage, and automatically reduces the speed of the vehicle well in good time. This considerably reduces the risk of rear-end collisions, the company states. In addition, smoother driving behavior means more comfort for the driver and improved fuel efficiency for the vehicle.