S Self-driving cars use a variety of cameras and sensors for orientation. In order to compare your own position in your environment and to plan the route, you need up-to-date, high-resolution map material for navigation.
After the German car manufacturers Audi, BMW and Daimler, among other companies, have acquired shares in the map service provider Here Toyota is partnering with DMP (Dynamic Map Platform). DMP is a provider of high-resolution maps and is currently mainly active in Japan and North America.
Project start in April 2020
From April 2020, the maps from DMP with the 'Automated Mapping Platform' of the Toyota Research Institute, a subsidiary of the car company. This platform recognizes and processes traffic signs and other road features such as floor markings and uses the vehicle's sensors.
The aim of the pilot project is to update high-resolution navigation maps more quickly. The images and information from the vehicle sensors also recognize short-term local changes. This information - including roadworks or speed limits - is passed on to DMP and taken into account accordingly in the map material. The images from public cameras should also be used for this.