Nokia HERE is hoping to get connected cars speaking a common language, relying on collaborative mapping to help self-driving cars figure out a route. The Car-to-Cloud interface specification has been released under a creative commons license, so that car manufacturers could adopt it without having to cough up fees in the process; each “message” sent by a car would consist of anonymized data, allowing road conditions and unexpected route issues to be shared without intruding on driver privacy.
Obviously HERE has its own mapping project, which continues to gather data for the so-called HD Maps the company believes will be essential to keep autonomous and semi-autonomous cars on track. Rather than the basics of road layouts, HD Maps include detailed lane topography details, down to the height of curbs and the camber of turns.
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