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MWC: TomTom, Qualcomm, crowdsource future of cars

At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, TomTom and Qualcomm Technologies announced a new project to crowdsource high-definition map data “to make the future of driving a reality sooner”.

TomTom’s HD Map for autonomous vehicles will now benefit from a richer set of data due to Qualcomm Technologies’ Drive Data Platform.

Qualcomm Technologies’ Drive Data Platform uses cutting-edge technologies to collect and analyse data from different vehicle  sensors, so smarter vehicles  can determine their location, monitor and learn driving patterns, perceive their surroundings and share this perception with rest of the world reliably and accurately.  TomTom’s HD Map, including RoadDNA, is a highly accurate digital map based product that helps automated vehicles precisely locate themselves on the road and plan manoeuvres, even when traveling at high speeds.

“We are building the cloud-based platform to make and maintain HD maps using a range of input sources, including crowdsourced data from swarms of intelligent connected vehicles,” said Willem Strijbosch, Head of Autonomous Driving, TomTom. “We’re excited to explore the connectivity and compute capabilities of the Qualcomm Drive Data Platform to help map the world for the future of driving.”

Nakul Duggal, vice president, automotive, Qualcomm Technologies, said: “Qualcomm Technologies is showing that an affordable and easy-to-integrate mapping solution for autonomous vehicles is possible. The Qualcomm Drive Data Platform integrates all key technologies into a cost-effective edge compute solution required to support safer, highly connected and smarter transportation, and we are pleased to make this technology available for HD Map providers such as TomTom as well as automakers, shared mobility service providers and automotive industry at large.”

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