Tomtom is pulling to the head of the pack as the location technology specialist releases its Roadcheck map service. Roadcheck is a first-of-its-kind mapping product that enables carmakers to manage where it’s safe for drivers to activate automated driving functions of their vehicles. Because driving conditions aren’t always safe for automated driving, ie with poor weather, in tunnels or in road construction zones, the new service allows carmakers to use Tomtom’s HD map data to define the operational design domain of their vehicles’ automated driving functions – making it possible to manage where these functions can be used safely.
With the addition of Roadcheck, Tomtom looks to strengthen its claim as the most complete mapping service with a vehicle automation portfolio that includes the Tomtom HD map, the ADAS map, a hazard service, autostream and the Tomtom vehicle horizon. “By enabling carmakers to control where automated driving functions can be activated, we’re addressing a critical industry challenge that has been highlighted by our partners and customers. Tomtom Roadcheck – an industry first technology – will make safe autonomous driving a reality sooner,” says Willem Strijbosch, head of autonomous driving at Tomtom. “With this addition, we’ve become the first to offer carmakers a complete mapping service for safe automated driving.”