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Our electronic horizon is permanently linked to the cloud. Firstly, it transfers map data, simplifying the update of maps. Secondly, it sends the vehicle dynamic data in real time about the route ahead. This way we provide valuable data for safe autonomous driving.
infoware is one of the leaders in the development of the cloud-based electronic horizon. As industry experts in the field of navigation we have engaged ourselves with the topic of autonomous driving early on and developed an electronic horizon for the automotive industry. As the development in autonomous driving is racing forward, we constantly integrate newly available functions and data to continuously improve our electronic horizon.
Many types of vehicles from different manufacturers are already driving around on our roads semi-autonomously. They use various sensors and cameras with the appropriate software built into the cars. The car responds directly to the influences surrounding it.
The electronic horizon from infoware complements these systems as a predictive driver assistance system. On the one hand it provides detailed route information in the form of digital maps and on the other it prepares vehicles for situations lying ahead by automatically adjusting the speed, for example. Through the link with the cloud, the vehicle receives information about situations that are much further ahead than what the vehicle sensors can detect.
This means the car knows in advance what is coming, before it can even view and measure the route. This requires highly precise road geometry to serve as a basis for the continuous comparison of data currently measured by the vehicle. Lane edges, bicycle lanes, guard rails, centre lines and lane marker lines all have to be supplied by the electronic horizon, down to every detail. If an obstacle suddenly appears, the vehicle has to perform avoidance manoeuvres and should therefore know whether there is a concrete barrier to the right of it or whether a bridge pier is coming up ahead. Here, as many redundancies as possible improve safety.