Civil Maps adds HD mapping and localization into Renovo’s AWare ecosystem


Civil Maps, creator of the world’s first edge-based HD mapping and localization platform for self-driving cars, has teamed up with autonomous software developer Renovo, which is accelerating innovation in automated mobility on demand (AMoD) services.

Through this technical collaboration, self-driving systems and other automotive modules that integrate with Renovo’s Aware scalable Automated Mobility Operating System (AMOS) will be immediately compatible with several key aspects of Civil Maps’ platform, a lightweight, highly scalable solution to HD map creation, usage and continental-scale crowdsourcing.

Moving forward, the two companies will work together to standardize abstraction layers that sit between Civil Maps’ mapping and localization systems and OEM sensor configurations, decision engines, human machine interfaces (HMIs), and control systems.

This collaboration will result in a universal interface, architected by Renovo, that will provide plug-and-play compatibility with Civil Maps’ vehicular cognition stack for all other modules in the fast-growing AWare ecosystem, thereby providing significant time and cost savings for developers.

Through their joint effort, AWare-powered fleet deployments will be able to effortlessly integrate Civil Maps’s voxel-based fingerprint localization in six degrees of freedom (6DoF) using its proprietary sensor fusion technologies. The two companies will also expand their customers’ operational areas via Civil Maps’ lightweight Fingerprint Base Map, allowing for near real-time updates over existing cellular networks using both 3G and 4G systems.

Civil Maps joins a growing roster of leading companies compatible with and making use of Renovo’s AWare OS, including Samsung, Verizon, Velodyne LiDAR, Parsons, Inrix, Argus Cyber Security, Affectiva, Phantom Auto, Metamoto, and others with a shared mission to develop and deploy fleets of highly automated vehicles by fostering innovation, collaboration and interoperability.

Renovo is accelerating its Automated Mobility as a Service (AMaaS) deployments and is expanding its own AWare-powered fleet of highly automated vehicles that operate in the San Jose, California, area to double digit numbers by the end of 2018. The two companies will work closely on abstraction and integration standards using the Renovo fleet, sharing their work with customers in the fourth quarter of this year.

“Interoperability is the right direction for the industry and we are excited to take this step forward with Renovo,” said Sravan Puttagunta, CEO and co-founder of Civil Maps. “By eliminating the painful exercise of each company doing the custom, one-off work of continually translating their software and hardware for other systems, we are removing a tremendous hurdle to production-scale AV deployment.”

Chris Heiser, CEO and co-founder of Renovo, commented, “Civil Maps is aligned with our deep commitment to enable the building of heterogeneous, automated mobility fleet deployments using the AWare OS. We’re excited to bring their uniquely scalable, HD mapping and localization technologies to our customers, and collaborate on furthering the development of API, data format, and other interoperability enablers.”

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