LG, HERE partner on autonomous cars

Telecom Asia staff writer
03 Jan 2018
00:00

LG Electronics is partnering with HERE Technologies, a provider of digital mapping and location services, to offer a next-gen telematics solution for autonomous vehicles.

The partnership will see LG integrates its telematics technology with high-precision map data and location services powered by the HERE Open Location Platform.
Through the planned collaboration, the pair aims to support automakers globally with a robust and secure data communications hub for highly automated and fully autonomous cars, the companies said in a statement.

HERE is also working with automakers on the development of HD Live Map, its highly-accurate cloud-based map service which supports connected ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) and automated driving solutions. The service identifies all roads and surrounding features such as lane markings, stop signs, crosswalks, speed signs and traffic lights.
LG also intends to deploy HD Live Map in the joint solution it offers automakers, the South Korean firm said.

“We’re excited to present a new standard for autonomous mobile communication solutions in cooperation with HERE, which has unsurpassed cutting-edge automotive guidance technology,” said Lee Woo-jong, president of LG’s Vehicle Components Company. “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.”

Telematics is an industry that is defined as the integration of telecommunications and informatics to provide vehicle safety and entertainment services such as navigation, location confirmation and emergency dispatch through various communication technologies, from GPS and DMB (Digital Multimedia Broadcasting) networks to Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and mobile communication.

When fully developed, telematics will play a key role as the communication hub for autonomous vehicles. 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.

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