Toyota introduced high-precision maps for its autonomous vehicleMarch 10, 2020
Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development, Inc. (TRI-AD), an autonomous vehicle software company, has successfully completed a proof of concept (“PoC”) demonstrating the creation of a high-definition map for land roads with a relative accuracy of less than 50 cm.
To create PoC, TRI-AD used several new methods that have proven their effectiveness. To create cartographic information for unmanned vehicles, we used cartographic data obtained from the cameras of conventional vehicles, as well as satellite images, without the use of traditional means of data collection, such as specialized vehicles. The data on vehicles from the automated cartographic platform TRI-AD (“AMP”) was also applied to the platforms of other companies by converting data formats and applying corrective algorithms.
It is expected that through the use of the results of these tests and the introduction of new construction technologies, the delay in updating HD maps for automatic driving can be reduced, the coverage areas of the HD maps can be quickly expanded, and the costs of creating and maintaining them can be significantly reduced.
Maxar Technologies, a reliable partner and innovator in the field of Earth exploration and space infrastructure, a leading Japanese provider of IT services NTT DATA Corporation (“NTT DATA”) and TRI-AD are working together to test the concept of creating automated HD-systems – maps for autonomous vehicles using commercial satellite images with the highest resolution since April 25, 2019, they told AutoTimesNews in the press service of Toyota Motors. PoC demonstrates that you can now automatically extract the required map information by analyzing and deleting, as well as adjusting non-map pixels, such as cars, shadows, and occlusions due to the tilt of buildings in satellite imagery. Currently, maps with a relative accuracy of 25 cm have been created in 23 districts in Tokyo, as well as in 6 cities around the world, and it has been confirmed that they are useful for use in unmanned vehicles.
Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development, Inc. (TRI-AD), based in Tokyo, Japan, was founded in March 2018 with the goal of developing innovative products that will enable Toyota to implement Mobility for All. TRI-AD’s mission is to create new technologies and advanced security systems for the whole world. TRI-AD also oversees the recently announced Toyota Woven City, which will serve as an incubator for smart city design, mobile communications and robotics from Toyota and its partners.
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