GM Develops Enhanced Mapping Technology to Support Autonomous Vehicles


General Motors is working to create a continuously updated real-time road map with Mobileye that could eventually support fully autonomous driving.

“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,” says Mark Reuss, executive vice president of product development, purchasing, and supply chain at GM. “We are planning to explore the integration of Mobileye Road Experience Management into existing GM program launches sometime later this year.”

Reuss says OnStar can collect data from Mobileye for precise localization and high-definition lane information. He says GM uses Mobileye software on cameras that support existing safety technologies like forward collision alert, and has collaborated on camera technology with Mobileye beginning with lane departure warning systems in 2007.

“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,” says 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. A typical GPS can pinpoint to about 10 meters.

IN RELATED GM NEWS, Chevrolet will unveil the 2017 Bolt EV at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Wednesday.

“The technologies and the engineering expertise behind the Bolt EV are tremendous examples of the kind of innovation we intend to offer our customers…,” says Alan Batey, president of GM North America and head of global Chevrolet.

Batey says the 2017 Bolt EV is a long-range electric vehicle that delivers a GM-estimated 200 miles of range. The car will integrate smartphones and other devices, and costs below $30,000. 

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