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TomTom tech can customise when automated driving in use

TomTom RoadCheck

TomTom has developed a new tool that can limit and approve automated driving features on specific roads and driving conditions.

RoadCheck enables carmakers to link TomTom’s map data with a vehicle's automated driving features to define where they can be used safely.

TomTom said safe automated driving is not always possible during periods of adverse weather, in tunnels, and in changing environments, such as during roadworks.

The launch of the new product follows on from Department for Transport recently calling for evidence on Automated Lane Keeping systems, which means self-driving vehicles may be on our roads as early as spring 2021.

A number of factors will determine whether autonomous driving will be legalised, and a key consideration is safety.

Willem Strijbosch, head of autonomous driving at TomTom, said: “By enabling carmakers to control where automated driving functions can be activated, TomTom is addressing a critical industry challenge that has been highlighted by our partners and customers.

“TomTom RoadCheck will make safe autonomous driving a reality sooner.”

TomTom RoadCheck will be deployed in a production model “by a leading global carmaker” in 2021, starting in the US.

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