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MWC: Qualcomm, TomTom partner on autonomous driving

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TomTom and Qualcomm Technologies have announced a new project to crowdsource high-definition map data to make the future of driving a reality sooner. TomTom’s HD Map for autonomous vehicles will now benefit from a richer set of data due to Qualcomm Technologies’ Drive Data Platform.
Qualcomm Technologies’ Drive Data Platform intelligently collects and analyses data from different vehicle sensors, so smarter vehicles can determine their location, monitor and learn driving patterns, perceive their surroundings and share this perception with rest of the world reliably and accurately.
TomTom’s HD Map, including RoadDNA, is an accurate, digital map based product that helps automated vehicles precisely locate themselves on the road and plan manoeuvres, even when traveling at high speeds.
Willem Strijbosch, head of autonomous driving at TomTom, says: “We are building the cloud-based platform to make and maintain HD maps using a range of input sources, including crowdsourced data from swarms of intelligent connected vehicles. We’re excited to explore the connectivity and compute capabilities of the Qualcomm Drive Data Platform to help map the world for the future of driving.”
“Qualcomm Technologies is showing that an affordable and easy-to-integrate mapping solution for autonomous vehicles is possible,” says Nakul Duggal, vice-president: automotive at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “The Qualcomm Drive Data Platform integrates all key technologies into a cost-effective edge compute solution required to support safer, highly connected and smarter transportation, and we are pleased to make this technology available for HD Map providers such as TomTom as well as automakers, shared mobility service providers and automotive industry at large.”