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NEWS & TECHNOLOGY AUTOMOTIVE BMW, Mobileye feed HD map data to service cloud By Christoph Hammerschmidt BMW and Mobileye have signed an agreement introducing Mobileye’s Road Experience Management (REM) data generation technology in newly developed BMW models entering the market in 2018. The move resembles a similar announcement from Volkswagen a week ago. The common denominator in both cases is map services provider Here. BMW said it regards the agreement to crowd-source real-time data using vehicles equipped with camera-based Advanced Driver Assist System (ADAS) technology as an enabler for autonomous driving through next-generation high definition (HD) maps. Nevertheless, also “normal” (non-autonomous) car drivers will benefit from the data. A BMW spokesperson said that there won’t be a direct pooling of map data with Volkswagen. However, in both cases these data will be fed to map services provider Here (which is co-owned by Volkswagen subsidiary Audi, BMW and a couple of other companies) which will enable drivers of both brands to benefit from the data services. Actually, BMW stressed that the sensor data can be merged with data from different automakers, resulting in a larger scale of data – not only for use by Here but likewise by create Global RoadBook (GLRB), to support and update HD maps with highly accurate localization capabilities. Autonomous vehicles will require HD maps that can identify and update changes in the environment with near real-time speed enabling very short “time to reflect reality”. The cameras that enable to collect anonymized, fleet-wide data act as intelligent agents that, through Mobileye EyeQ processors and software, can identify valuable information that is sent to the cloud in a highly compressed form (10 kilobytes per kilometer). This data can be used to add a dynamic layer to current and future navigation maps, enabling customers to access true real-time information on traffic density, potential road hazards, weather conditions, on-street parking, and other helpful information. To support the rapid creation and updating of HD mapping, BMW and Mobileye will transfer anonymized data to mapping service Here which will use this data and information to conduct real-time updates of Here HD Live Map, Here’s real-time cloud service for partially, highly and fully automated vehicles, and enhance its Open Location Platform, ensuring an accurate depiction of the real world as it changes. Mobileye and Here earlier communicated their intention to integrate data gathered through REM technology as a layer in Here HD Live Map. The BMW Group has always stressed that it is open for collaboration with additional partners, be it OEMs or other third parties. Ford to invest $1B in AI startup By Christoph Hammerschmidt Over the next five years, carmaker Ford Motor Company will invest $1 billion into Argo AI, a startup company launched by former Google and Uber engineers. The start-up is focusing on Artificial Intelligence. Ford hopes to complement its own expertise in the area of autonomous driving with Argo AI’s know-how. Ford plans to develop a software platform for autonomous cars along with the Pittsburgh, Michigan, based startup company. The platform is scheduled to be ready by 2021. In the collaboration, Ford hopes that the creativity of the startup and the experience of the traditionsteeped carmaker will generate valuable synergies. The software could be licensed to other market participants, Ford hinted in a press release. “The coming decade will be defined by further automating the car and through autonomous vehicles,” commented Ford Motor Company President and CEO Mark Fields. “This development has an enormous impact in the society, much like the introduction of the assembly line by Henry Ford 100 years ago. “Since Ford is a car manufacturer and at the same time a mobility enterprise, we believe that investing into Argo AI will create significant value – by strengthening our leading position when it comes to introducing selfdriving vehicles to the market and by creating licensable technology.” “We are at a turning point. AI Applications and the deployment of autonomous vehicles will improve mobility and transport industry at the same time,” added Argo AI CEO Bryan Salesky. Ford will acquire the majority of Argo AI’s shares. Nevertheless, the company will continue to operate largely independently. 20 Electronic Engineering Times Europe March 2017 www.electronics-eetimes.com


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