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Driverless cars are one step closer

Location cloud company, Here, has announced a step forward in the efforts to drive a global standard for vehicle-to-cloud data, a development which brings the promise of automated vehicles closer to reality.

The company has now submitted the design for a universal data format called SENSORIS to ERTICO – ITS Europe, the European public/private partnership for intelligent transport systems. This “Innovation Platform” is intended to evolve into a standardised interface specification for broad use across the automotive industry.

To date, 11 major automotive and supplier companies have joined the platform: AISIN AW, Robert Bosch, Continental, Daimler, Elektrobit, HARMAN, HERE, LG Electronics, NavInfo, PIONEER and TomTom. More companies are expected to join in the coming weeks.

Here believes that pooling analogous vehicle data from millions of vehicles will be a key enabler for highly and fully automated driving, ensuring that each vehicle has a near real-time view of road conditions and hazards. The company is currently developing location cloud technology that can process changes in the real world as they happen on roads in dozens of countries. It is putting this infrastructure in place ahead of anticipated new streams of vehicle sensor data it will be processing in its location platform in future.

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