BMW Group and HERE have entered into an agreement according to which HD Live Map will feature in BMW models from the beginning of the next decade. This is the first commercial contract the mapping company has signed with an automaker to bring HD Live Map into production models and follows several years of research and development with BMW Group.
HERE’s map will be implemented in self-driving cars, for future models capable of highly automated driving i.e. models with level 3 and 4 automation, as defined by SAE International.
The BMW Group has around ten million connected vehicles on the road that been collecting real-time mobility information since 2015 through relevant sensors. The company also plans to offer its customers location-based services and driver assistance information by later this year
The Amsterdam based company leverages artificial intelligence to produce the mapping solutions needed for autonomous driving. HD Live Map is one of the most precise maps in navigation systems available today. It is also updated more rapidly, drawing on data from a growing constellation of partners from across the automotive industry.
The agreement between the companies is mutually beneficial as together with HD Live Map, the BMW Group now has essential building blocks for highly and fully automated driving in place for the long term. At the same time association with BMW reinforces HERE’s position in the market as the company looks well-placed to meet the needs of automakers as they introduce more automation into their vehicles.
By the end of this year, HD Live Map will have grown to 1 million km of roads across North America and Europe charted to sub-meter accuracy. This includes lane configurations with lane markings, lane centerlines, speed limits and shoulders, as well as a complete layer of roadside objects and 3D obstacles for vehicle localization. The company is also expanding HD Live Map into China and Japan, where it is working respectively with partners NavInfo and Pioneer.