Volkswagen and GM are working with Mobileye for environmental mapping with real-time information that will help improve the accuracy of maps and be used for advanced safety features leading to self-driving.
The Mobileye camera has the highest depth of sampling. It’s important for safety and driver information. With algorithms Mobileye can help collision avoidance and provide information for autonomous driving.
The new technology will allow drivers to provide real-time road information to enhance autonomous driving experience. Volkswagen and General Motors are the first strategic partners to explore this technology.
The REM mapping allows the car to see beyond sensing that is needed higher resolution maps and stronger AI.
The new mapping technology is called Road Experience Management (REM), which enables crowd-sourced real-time data for precise localization and high-definition lane data that forms an important layer of information to support fully autonomous driving.
The technology is based on software running on Mobileye’s EyeQ processing platforms that extracts landmarks and roadway information at extremely low bandwidths, approximately 10kb per kilometer of driving. On top of that, backend software running on the cloud integrates the segments of data sent by all vehicles with the on-board software into a global map.
The system used advanced artificial intelligence, used for creating environmental models from camera input, in order to create maps based on local coordinate systems while requiring very low bandwidth.
The low bandwidth of the model, and the fact that it requires only a camera, which is already available in most new car models as part of the trend towards growing driver assistance deployment, enables the map creation and update to be managed by a cooperative crowd sourcing mechanism.
After GM and Volkswagen, a third automaker customer, of comparable size, is expected to be announced in 2016. Mobileye believes that, in time, additional automakers will benefit from Mobileye’s REM technology, most likely by integration into the then-available global map services created with the initial three OEM partners.
Mobileye already works with 25 global automakers including VW, BMW, Ford, General Motors, Nissan, Volvo, Audi and Hyundai for various components.