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Advanced HD mapping for self-driving vehicles

HD maps made for self-driving vehicles, a big step forward in the future of commuting

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What are HD maps?

HD maps are digital maps specifically designed for self-driving vehicles. These maps are highly precise digital replicas (down to the millimeter) of the environments where vehicles evolve. HD maps let the computers within self-driving vehicle analyze the surrounding environment in real time and interact with it. Simply put, HD mapping provides vehicles with all the necessary information to safely and efficiently navigate the road.

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Why are HD maps necessary for self-driving vehicles?

Up until recently, digital maps could be described as straightforward navigation devices designed for humans. In other words, they provide drivers with directions. But this definition is changing. We’re entering an era where machines and robots are making decisions for us. As a result, we need a new generation of digital maps designed for these non-human systems.

Specifically, we require systems that can assist the software controlling a self-driving vehicle. Typically, this software contains four components.

4 components of self-driving software

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Perception system

This system is the digital equivalent of human eyes. It allows the vehicle to see exactly what’s happening on the road. For instance, it’s the system that perceives a pedestrian crossing sign.

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Location system

This system tells the vehicle where it’s situated in relation to its surroundings. In other words, it’s the system that lets the vehicle know that it is 2 meters away from the crosswalk.

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Planning and control system

This system takes action based on the information provided to it by other components. It’s the part of the brain that says "Okay, I'll slow down and make a full stop at the next intersection."

HD mapping system

This system facilitates the connection between the other three systems. For instance, the HD mapping system works closely and consistently with the location system, deducing what types of objects appear in a certain space. In other words, when a location system reads a specific coordinate, the HD mapping system can quickly ascertain that said coordinate represent, for example, a pedestrian crossing. Suppose then that the vehicle's perception system sees a moving object passing through. Thanks to the HD mapping system, the vehicle now knows that the object is most likely a pedestrian. The planning and control system then takes the necessary actions to ensure the pedestrian remains safe.

What are the benefits of HD Maps?

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HD maps lowers costs for manufacturers and end consumers

They reduce the number of costly sensors required. The system creates more affordable vehicles

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HD maps make rides more comfortable

They give the vehicle a greater understanding of its surroundings and improved reaction time for a more fluid drive

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HD maps reduce the amount of hardware vehicles require

By using a HD map, the number of sensors required on a vehicle can be notably reduced, thus improving its aesthetics

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HD maps increase vehicle efficiency

They greatly reduce the amount of information that a vehicle must collect and process

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HD maps create safer driving experiences

By accurately processing details down to the millimeter, HD maps increase the safety of not just its vehicle’s passengers, but everybody on the road

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HD maps improve autonomous decision accuracy

The system provides the self-vehicle’s computer with much more information, resulting in better informed decisions

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Meet RoadSkeleton

The HD mapping solution powered by Jakarto

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The most accurate maps available

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See everything around you

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Not just for cars

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Focus on adaptability

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Come on in, we’re OPEN

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Attention! Geomaticians at work

High precision HD Maps

RoadSkeleton is developed using millimeter-precision LiDARs and 4K cameras, specifically designed to read small print for a survey-grade level of accuracy

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High precision HD Maps

RoadSkeleton maps more than just lanes and signs. Its readings include (but are not limited to) trees, bus shelters, buildings, sidewalk curbs, secondary entrances and more

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Garbage truck autonomous driving

RoadSkeleton empowers several types of vehicles such as public transit, garbage trucks, delivery vehicles and street cleaners

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Adaptability with HD Maps

With numerous geomatics data formats available, RoadSkeleton adapts to your needs

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Open data HD Maps

RoadSkeleton works with open data mapping program Open 3D Mapping to support the democratization of autonomous driving

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Geomaticians

Vehicle manufacturing is no longer just a playground for engineers. RoadSkeleton is designed by geomaticians with several decades of combined experience

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RoadSkeleton by the Numbers

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2 000 000

Captured points per second

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1 inch

Range for vehicle position accuracy

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95 000 mi.

Annual capturing capacity

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Season in which the system operates

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