Zenzic – Self-driving vehicles need better maps

Maps for self-driving vehicles are going to need a higher resolution according to a report from Ordnance Survey and the UK self-driving-vehicles hub Zenzic. The maps will have to have a better resolution than five centimetres and will need to be updated in real-time to operate in complex environments.

The report in question sets out what the global standards should be for high-definition mapping – necessary for the safe deployment of self-driving vehicles.

As well as high resolution, maps will also need to include information on curbs, street-level features like lamp-posts, pedestrian crossings and road markings. Real-time updates to maps will also be crucial to let self-driving vehicles ‘see’ around corners for temporary objects in the road like skips or roadworks.

“The UK’s goal is to be able to benefit from self-driving vehicles on our roads at scale by 2030, a target that requires the development of technologies and tools which do not fully exist today,” said Zenzic chief executive Daniel Ruiz.

And Simon Navin, Ordnance Survey’s head of innovation programmes, said: “Through our work with Zenzic we are helping define the geospatial and mapping requirements that will accelerate the testing and adoption of self-driving technologies so that these benefits can be realised safely and efficiently. As Great Britain’s national mapping agency, we believe that consistent, authoritative and trusted data provides a framework for safe operation, interoperability and open standards development. It will also enable innovative solutions from a wide range of providers who will bring new and exciting solutions to the U.K. mobility sector”.

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