10 October 2006: NAVTEQ is facilitating a panel discussion at the13th ITS World Congress and Exhibition in London, 8-12 October 2006, including BMW Group Research and Technology, Ibeo Automotive Sensor, and Ygomi, focused on digital map enhancements and improvements to Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) applications (such as adaptive cruise control, lane and road departure warning, adaptive front light control, collision avoidance, and smart transmission control).
These applications that enhance the driver’s ability to react to the road environment and other vehicles are enabled by digital maps and onboard sensors including radar, light detection and ranging (LIDAR), and onboard video cameras.
Sensor development has enabled initial ADAS development, but the increased precision of digital maps to include road geometry with relative accuracies of 1 meter and attributes such as speed limits, special speed situations, lane counts and markings, exit lanes, curve radius, road height, and slope add new capabilities. Curve speed warning, slope power train adaptation, and speed limit advisory functionality are enhanced with this information, resulting in a more realistic driving experience that could improve safety and increase driver confidence.
“Industry experts are predicting that ADAS will have an enormous impact on automotive safety and driver comfort in the next three to five years,” said Bob Denaro, Vice-President of ADAS Development for NAVTEQ. “High-quality digital maps such as those produced by NAVTEQ will make these systems even more effective and bridge the gap between a sterile automated system and what a good driver can see for himself about the road and environment surrounding his vehicle, the key to driver acceptance of and ultimately demand for ADAS.”
NAVTEQ, a Chicago-based company, is a provider of comprehensive digital map information for automotive navigation systems, mobile navigation devices, Internet-based mapping applications, and government and business solutions. NAVTEQ creates the digital maps and map content that power navigation and location-based services solutions around the world.