LG Electronics is partnering with global digital mapping provider and HERE Technologies to offer what it calls a next-generation telematics solution for autonomous vehicles.
The solution combines LG’s advanced telematics technology with high-precision map data and location services powered by the HERE Open Location Platform. Through their planned collaboration, the companies say they aim to support automakers globally with a robust and secure data communications hub for highly automated and fully autonomous cars.
LG says it is committed to introducing next-generation solutions that offer high-precision map information to meet the needs of the quickly expanding autonomous vehicle industry, while HERE’s data is used by more than 100 million cars on the road and is working with automakers on the development of HD Live Map, its highly-accurate cloud-based map service which supports connected ADAS and automated driving solutions.
The companies say HD Live Map, which LG intends to deploy in the joint solution it offers automakers, identifies all roads and surrounding features such as lane markings, stop signs, crossings, speed signs and traffic lights. LG adds the importance of the company’s intellectual property and potential was highlighted in 2015 when a consortium of global automotive companies – Audi, BMW and Daimler – acquired it. The company has since also welcomed additional investors from the broader technology industry.
“When fully developed, telematics will play a key role as the communication hub for autonomous vehicles,” the company says in a statement. “First, sensors in the vehicle’s ADAS – comprised of cameras, radar and lidar – read the surrounding environment and send the data to the cloud along with information on nearby vehicles collected via V2X (Vehicle-to-Everything). All the information gathered is repeatedly analyzed and transmitted to the telematics systems of vehicles for customized driving information.
“LG’s telematics solutions support various communication technologies from GPS to Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and mobile communication. LG engineers are working earnestly to develop 5G products, which will be four to five times faster than LTE with 90 percent reduction in latency, ideal for next generation autonomous vehicle operation.”
“We’re presenting a new standard for autonomous mobile communication solutions in cooperation with HERE, which has unsurpassed cutting-edge automotive guidance technology,” said JY Kim, executive vice president of LG’s Vehicle Components Smart Business Unit. “With partners like HERE, LG can continue to advance the next generation of connected car technologies to help prepare automakers for the self-driving era.”
“To operate safely and efficiently, autonomous vehicles will need many kinds of robust data sources and powerful communication technologies,” said Moon Lee, vice president of HERE Technologies APAC. “We believe our Open Location Platform-powered services can play a critical role in next-generation telematics technology for autonomous vehicles, and we’re excited to be working with LG to make this a reality.”