HD Maps: Applications and Monetization before Autonomous Vehicles

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By Maite Bezerra | 4Q 2020 | IN-5945


HD Maps and Autonomous Vehicles


Detailed High-Definition (HD) maps are necessary allies of Autonomous Vehicles (AVs), as they accurately position the car within the environment and their lane, while live attributes and constant updates allow vehicles to make instant decisions. Companies like Google, TomTom, and HERE have developed highly detailed, centimeter-level accurate HD maps to support different autonomous driving levels. These companies' maps include road furniture, traffic signs, and lane geography, and use Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms to validate map data in real time.

Nevertheless, with the slow development of AVs due to technology, legislation, lack of infrastructure, and the industry slowdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, these companies must find different applications and ways to monetize their HD map solutions in the face of the absence of vehicles with Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Levels 3, 4, and 5.

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