General Motors has announced it has begun exploring new, advanced mapping technology with long-time supplier, Mobileye.
Mobileye currently supplies GM vehicles with cameras that support existing safety technologies like forward collision alert. GM has collaborated on camera technology with Mobileye for a decade beginning with lane departure warning systems.
The latest technology comes from Mobileye Road Experience Management (REM), which has a goal to create a continuously updated road map. GM and Mobileye see the technology as potentially beneficial in mapping out precise localization and high-definition lane data that supports fully autonomous driving. The data would come from real-time, crowd-sourced loggings via OnStar.
“Cameras are the most natural sensors for creating maps because they are already available in most new car models as part of the trend toward growing driver assistance deployment,” said Amnon Shashua, co-founder, chairman and chief technical officer of Mobileye. “Creating and updating maps using on-board camera technology supplies the missing link between on-board sensing and the requirement for full redundancy to enable safe autonomous driving.”
Mobileye expects to eventually achieve localization at an accuracy of about 10 centimeters compared with today’s GPS, which can pinpoint to about 10 meters.
“GM is committed to bringing semi-autonomous and fully autonomous vehicles to our customers, and this technology will be a critical enabler to getting us there,” said Mark Reuss, GM executive vice president of Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain. “We are planning to explore the integration of REM into existing GM program launches sometime later this year.”