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TomTom, Toyota Research Institute and DENSO team up to map roads for autonomous vehicles

TomTom, Toyota Research Institute (TRI) and DENSO are working together to build high-definition map data to aid the development and implementation of future autonomous vehicle technology.

The three companies are combining DENSO sensor technology with TRI’s automated mapping platform and TomTom’s cloud-based mapping platform.

Vehicle sensors are used to collect road observations, which are converted and corrected by TRI’s system for input into TomTom’s platform.

Willem Strijbosch, TomTom head of autonomous driving, said: “We believe a multi-sourced HD map is essential to making safer autonomous driving possible.

“Survey vehicles, crowdsourced data and human moderation, among other data sources, enable TomTom’s HD map to be extremely fast and accurate.”

Mandali Khalesi, TRI vice president of automated driving strategy and mapping, said the data brings the industry one step closer to a future where automated mobility is available for all.

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