TomTom portable GPS feeding autonomous driving systems with its maps: in a year it has tripled the vehicles that use its service: TomTom, the Dutch company that made a fortune with their browsers laptops during the first decade of the TWENTY-first century —has accumulated sales of more than 100 million devices— and that sells their maps to navigation systems such as the Apple or the which aims to develop Huawei to compete with Google Maps with what counts more than 1,000 million users of its location-based technology, bet also in the driving systems autonomous, where ensures that already provides information to 3 million vehicles between maps and services for attendees driving, triple that in 2019.

"We are serving advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) maps to more than 3 million vehicles. In September 2019 we were serving a million customers, so we are growing fast and beyond COVID-19, because in the year of lowest car sales we are accelerating the maps served," said TomTom director of autonomous driving Willem Strijbosch in a media webinar.

TomTom believes that advanced driving assistants, which are the pre-stage of autonomous driving, benefit from the use of their maps because they allow them not only to depend on the vehicle's own sensors, but to anticipate what they will find going forward. Data such as the inclination of the road, speed limits, traffic signs and luminous symbols, the curvature of the route or the information on the number of lanes; as well as data on the traffic preceding the vehicle or weather conditions.

"In the coming years there will be a massive market for advanced driving assistants, and more and more of them use maps," Strijbosch said.

The forecasts that the Dutch company manages is that the market of driving assistants supported on maps, currently valued at 84 million euros, will begin a phase of "accelerated growth" that will lead it to multiply by ten its size during this decade, up to 875 million euros in 2030.

TomTom portable GPS feeding autonomous driving systems

TomTom already serves maps to the autonomous driving systems of brands such as Fiat-Chrysler, Nissan, the PSA Group (Citroën, Opel, Peugeot, DS) and another American manufacturer that they could not unveil. By 2021 they will make a launch with a European brand of a driving assistant system developed together with the German company Bosch.

The PSA Group's director of Advanced Engineering, Vincent Deschamps, explained that their driver assistance systems mainly use the vehicle's front camera to detect not only obstacles and vehicles ahead, but also road signs and speed limits, but thanks to the maps that TomTom serves they can offer the driver the speed limit of each day with the maximum confidence threshold throughout the journey.

The mapping company is also working with Daimler of Germany to equip the predictive powertrain Control system of its trucks with maps, with which, in addition to predicting road difficulties, they can optimize the speed according to firm conditions, incline or traffic, so that they generate fuel savings of 8%. "That saving comes from knowing the road that comes next," Strijbosch said.

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