TomTom, the location technology specialist has announced that it will launch a tool for automated vehicles which would essentially let drivers know when it is safe enough to activate automated driving functions.
The company has also disclosed that RoadCheck will be deployed within the model by a leading carmaker in 2021 which will begin in the US.
Willem Strijbosch, head of autonomous driving at TomTom, stated, “By enabling carmakers to control where automated driving functions can be activated, TomTom is addressing a critical industry challenge that has been highlighted by our partners and customers. TomTom RoadCheck- an industry-first technology- will make safe autonomous driving a reality sooner.”
“With the addition of TomTom RoadCheck, we have become the first to offer carmakers a complete mapping service for safe automated driving,” he continued.
Indeed, safe automated driving is very difficult to achieve as external circumstances such as adverse weather or changing environments could have a direct effect on their accuracy.
RoadCheck however, is set to enable carmakers to use HD map data to better define the operational design domain of the automated driving functions available in their respective vehicles. This will definitely enable carmakers to develop and implement autonomous features into their cars with the utmost safety for their customers.