Skip to comments.Mapping autonomously: The cost of helping a self-driving car get around the city
Posted on 12/04/2019 1:04:56 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
In the highly competitive race to get self-driving cars to the market, most companies hold their secrets close. But when it comes to helping those cars figure out where they are on the road, some experts are ready to open up.
Argo AI, based in the Strip District, and Aptiv, based in OHara, publicly released some of their own data sets earlier this year in an effort to further advancement in the field. The companies shared parts of their own maps of cities where they are testing self-driving cars, including Pittsburgh.
That may seem strange considering the abundance of applications like Google Maps, Apple Maps and Waze that have already made road maps public and easily accessible and are downloaded on just about every mobile phone.
But a self-driving car cant plug into commercially available GPS programs and be on its way, the way a human would. Instead it needs a highly precise map to help it learn as much as possible before even starting its engine. A few feet off either way can be the difference between driving into a river or driving alongside it.
A map is a good representation of the world the autonomous vehicle will encounter, said Praveen Chandrasekar, senior product manager of autonomous driving at TomTom, an Amsterdam-based company that makes high-definition maps for autonomous vehicles and other machine learning projects.
Every player in the game enlists its own fleet of vehicles to drive around and around and around again an area of the city, capturing images and data to create a 3D representation of the world. The newly forming industry hasnt yet worked out a single system that everyone can tap into, so they all invest resources to make their own.
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When they come to market self driving cars will cost $100k in today’s dollars and the average person will be on foot.
A few feet off either way can be the difference between driving into a river or driving alongside it.
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I have a new Subaru with Eyesight. Definitely has limitations, but for stop and go on a Cali Highway it’s impressive. It took a lot of faith to try it out though, and the spouse demands I dont use it! She closely observes me to make sure I AM IN CONTROL. Lol.
Self driving cars are government driven cars. They will follow only one route and that will be to the ovens.
But... Super Heroes!!
The road to hell is paved with good GIS mapping data.
Self-driving cars are dangerous. They’re only marginally safer than people driven cars.
Were do I sign up?
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