Google’s HD driving maps feature offers previously unavailable details such as lane markings, road markings and traffic barriers.
Google’s new HD driving maps feature will first be integrated into Polestar 3 and Volvo EX90
Google is rolling out a new HD version of Google Maps. The new HD driving maps feature offers previously unavailable details such as lane markings, road markings and traffic barriers. However, unlike Google Maps, which we can use individually, this feature is offered to be integrated into vehicles. It is stated that the feature in question is an additional data layer offered to the vehicle’s L2+ or L3 supported driving systems.
According to the shared information, Google’s HD map is available to automakers using Google Automotive Service. In this context , Volvo and Polestar announced that the HD map will soon be available on the Volvo EX90 and Polestar 3. The Volvo EX90 and Polestar 3 will share the same platform, Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture (SPA2), and both run Android Automotive, Google’s native in-car operating system.
The HD map is said to have details not normally found on traditional maps. HD Maps overlays Google Maps data and provides details such as precise lane generators and localization of objects to help assist-driving vehicles orient themselves on the road. The drive cannot see or access the HD map or data directly. HD mapping initially focuses on high-traffic roads such as highways.
Road data provided by Google’s HD maps, combined with input from vehicle sensors such as cameras, radar and lidar, is processed by each vehicle’s Nvidia computing system, which aids in driver assistance functions.