TomTom joins open-source project to accelerate autonomous vehicle development


Location specialist TomTom has announced that it has joined the Autoware Foundation, a non-profit organisation supporting open-source projects that accelerate the development of autonomous driving technology.

TomTom will support the Autoware Foundation by creating a turnkey open-source interface to TomTom AutoStream. This will enable users and developers of Autoware to scale their applications by accessing TomTom’s global coverage of high definition maps.

AutoStream is an innovative map delivery service that automatically streams the latest map to the car in real-time, ensuring automated vehicles drive with up-to-date map content.

“Autoware is a true leader in open-source autonomous driving software,” says Willem Strijbosch, head of autonomous driving at TomTom. “Joining the Autoware Foundation will give TomTom access to a network of global leaders in automated driving and, most importantly, provide a platform to further test and promote AutoStream and other components of TomTom’s automated driving map service.”

As a premium member, TomTom will sit on Autoware Foundation’s technical steering committee, driving strategic direction and technical priorities.

“We are excited to welcome TomTom to the Autoware Foundation. Having a member with expertise and capabilities in creating and maintaining globally scalable high definition maps is key to furthering the development and deployment of Autoware’s software around the world” says Shinpei Kato, member of the Board of Directors for Autoware.

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Tom has edited Traffic Technology International (TTi) magazine and its Traffic Technology Today website since May 2014. During his time at the title, he has interviewed some of the top transportation chiefs at public agencies around the world as well as CEOs of leading multinationals and ground-breaking start-ups. Tom's earlier 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).