But while Mobileye and others in the space such as Tesla collect crowd-sourced data, it’s with a somewhat limited pool of vehicles and for specific applications, such as autonomous driving. Now digital mapmaker HERE hopes to have millions of vehicles record and share data to provide a range of connected car services that allow drivers to know what’s down the road and eventually help computers take control.
Ahead of the Paris Auto Show, HERE announced that it will leverage data not only from vehicles made by the three German automakers that acquired the mapping company last year for $3.1 billion, but plans to include competing car companies. “We have established strong relationships with all automakers over the years and we will build on that,” a HERE spokesperson said in an email.
At first the data will be used to provide four new services – HERE Real-Time Traffic, Hazard Warnings, Road Signs and On-Street Parking – that will allow drivers to “share detailed video views of traffic jams or accidents, potential road hazards like fog or slippery streets, traffic signs including temporary speed limits and on-street parking,” according to Reuters. The services will cull data from a car’s cameras and other sensors as well as its brakes, windshield wipers, headlights and GPS to issue warnings and provide info to other drivers in the area.
HERE said that the services are set to debut in in the first half of 2017 and its platform will be available to “any automaker, municipality, road authority, smartphone maker or app developer to license.” As more automakers supply data for these services, HERE hopes to establish a comprehensive digital depiction of road conditions for human drivers as well as lay the groundwork to providing real-time road data to autonomous driving systems.
While vehicles from the trio of German OEM owners of HERE will initially provide data for these services, the company expects that many more vehicles will supply live traffic info by the end of 2018. “HERE believes that industry collaboration is essential to address the major challenges faced by road users everywhere,” company CEO Edzard Overbeek said in a blog post announcing the new services.
“This is also an important milestone for our open location platform, which is readying to serve as a nerve center for future autonomous vehicles, smart cities and intelligent transportation systems,” Overbeek added. “We are showing together what a collaborative, secure and open approach can bring.”
As with the U.S. DOT’s new Federal Automated Vehicle Policy, now it’s just a matter of getting automakers and others to share their sensor data.
Originally published by Forbes.com