TomTom’s HD Map for autonomous driving now covers Western Europe

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TomTom has completed the expansion of its High Definition (HD) Map product to cover all highways in Western Europe, bringing its total coverage to 108,740 miles (175,000km) of road across 19 countries on the continent.

The move brings the total coverage of TomTom’s HD Map and RoadDNA data for autonomous driving to 223,690 miles (360,000km) worldwide. The HD Map and RoadDNA are two revolutionary, highly accurate digital map products helping automated vehicles precisely locate themselves on the road and plan maneuvers, even when traveling at high speeds.

Customers and partners will now be able to test the HD Map and RoadDNA systems in a variety of different driving environments, such as in the differing weather conditions found in Scandinavia and southern Europe.

In March this year, TomTom announced the completion of its HD Map for the entire mainland USA interstate and highway network, in 48 states plus Washington DC, covering a total of 114,950 miles (185,000km). The availability cements TomTom’s leadership in location technology for autonomous vehicles, with the majority of OEMs already evaluating the technology for their autonomous vehicle projects.

The Western Europe coverage now includes: France, Germany, UK, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Switzerland, Portugal, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and San Marino.

Willem Strijbosch, head of autonomous driving at TomTom, said, “It’s a significant milestone to have completed the full highway road network in Western Europe, as well as in the United States. Our HD Map and RoadDNA will enable OEMs to roll-out ADAS and autonomous driving systems that work consistently across the road networks; essential for accelerating of the future of driving.”

ABI Research’s managing director, Dominique Bonte, commented, “With the availability of HD Maps for all highways in Europe, TomTom confirms its position as a global leader in supporting operational autonomous vehicle testing, which is accelerating across the globe.”

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Tom has edited Traffic Technology International magazine and the Traffic Technology Today website since May 2014. During his time at the title he has interviewed some of the top transportation chiefs in charge of public agencies around the world as well as chairmen and CEOs of multinational transportation technology corporations. Tom's early career saw him working on some the UK's leading consumer magazine titles. He has a law degree from the London School of Economics (LSE).

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