Driver assistance technologies and, in the future, autonomous driving must be imperative recognize the environment accuratelyboth immediately in front of the vehicle and at longer distances, beyond nearby bends and curves.
This is where Google HD Maps comes in, a comprehensive map designed specifically to provide highly detailed and up-to-date traffic information to car manufacturers.
The intelligent driving assistant functionality (Pilot Assist) works with support for Google’s HD maps as well as data collected by all the external sensors consisting of a LiDAR, 5 radars and 8 cameras.
By integrating Google’s HD map, data from the array of sensors on the Volvo EX90 is combined with Google’s precise lane and location data to facilitate driver assistance functions such as Lane Change Assistance and Volvo’s next-generation intelligent driver assistance technology (Pilot Assist) as future autonomous driving functions.
“The integration of Google HD Maps into our future vehicle range marks an expansion of our strategic partnership with Google, reflecting our commitment to working with technology industry leaders. The integration of Google HD Maps on our future vehicles will help us provide our drivers a more pleasant driving experience and contribute to the introduction of safe autonomous driving in the future.” says Javier Varela, COO and Deputy CEO of Volvo Cars.
“Building on our long history of mapping the world, Google’s new HD maps are designed specifically for automakers and provide comprehensive lane and location data critical to powering the next generation of assisted and autonomous driving systems. We are pleased to continue to working with leading car manufacturers like Volvo to improve safety and comfort for drivers everywhere.” says Jorgen Behrens, vice president and general manager of Geo Automotive, Google.
Traffic information linked to data from LiDAR and other sensors of the Volvo EX90 is processed by the car’s central computer system, powered by Nvidia Drive’s Xavier and Orin artificial intelligence platforms.
By combining data from Google’s HD maps with information collected by external sensors, including a LiDAR and software developed by safety software company Zenseact, Volvo aims to create more predictable and safe driving.
Going forward, Google Map HD will help introduce self-driving technology in combination with the vehicle’s sensor suite of roof-integrated lidars, radars, cameras and ultrasonic sensors. , to further improve the car’s understanding of its environment.
“Zenseact is proud to work with Volvo Cars and Google to implement this ground-breaking technology for assisted driving and later autonomous driving. This technology will play an important role in achieving our zero-collision ambition.” says Ödgärd Andersson, CEO of Zenseact.