Google’s HD mapping supports driver assistance features | Technology

The actions of LiDAR, cameras and radars of the Volvo EX90 combine to understand the vehicle environment and contribute to passenger safety.

Driver assistance technologies and, in the future, autonomous driving, must imperatively accurately recognize the environmentboth immediately in front of the vehicle and at longer distances, beyond nearby bends and curves.

That’s 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 assistance functionality (Pilot Assist) works with the support of Google’s HD map as well as the data collected by all the exterior 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 assist features like Assistance lane change and Volvo’s next-generation intelligent driver assistance technology (Pilot Assist), as well as future autonomous driving features.

“The integration of Google HD Maps on our future vehicle lineup marks an expansion of our strategic collaboration with Google, reflecting our commitment to working with technology industry leaders. The integration of Google HD Maps on our upcoming vehicles will help us provide our drivers with a more enjoyable driving experience and contribute to the introduction of safe autonomous driving in the future.” says Javier Varela, COO and Deputy Managing Director of Volvo Cars.

“Building on our long history of mapping the world, Google’s new HD map is designed specifically for automakers and provides comprehensive lane and location data that is essential to power the next generation of assisted driving systems. and autonomous. We are delighted to continue to partner with leading automakers like Volvo to improve the safety and comfort of drivers everywhere.” says Jorgen Behrens, vice president and general manager of Geo Automotive, Google.

Traffic information associated with data from LiDAR and other sensors of the Volvo EX90 are processed by the car’s central computing system, powered by Nvidia Drive’s Xavier and Orin artificial intelligence platforms.

By combining data from Google’s HD map with information collected by exterior sensors, including a LiDAR and software developed by safety software company Zenseact, Volvo aims to create more predictable and safer driving.

Going forward, Google Map HD will help introduce self-driving technology in combination with the vehicle’s sensor suite of roof-integrated lidar, radars, cameras and ultrasonic sensors. , to further improve the car’s understanding of its environment.

“Zenseact is proud to work alongside Volvo Cars and Google to implement this groundbreaking 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.