TomTom, Amsterdam University To Launch Autonomous Driving Research Lab

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TomTom, Amsterdam University To Launch Autonomous Driving Research Lab

TomTom University of Amsterdam UvA Launch Autonomous Driving Research Laboratory Atlas Lab Artificial Intelligence AI Development HD Maps

Atlas Lab to use AI for the development of HD maps for self-driving vehicles

TomTom and the University of Amsterdam (UvA) have announced the launch of a new public-private research laboratory, called Atlas Lab. This lab will focus on using Artificial Intelligence (AI) for developing advanced, highly-accurate and safe high definition (HD) maps for autonomous vehicles. Atlas Lab the national Innovation Centre for AI (ICAI) based in the Amsterdam Science Park.

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The UvA, in collaboration with TomTom is embarking on research on the use of AI for creating HD maps suitable for all levels of autonomous driving. Over the next five years, five PhD from UvA students will work in the Atlas Lab on projects contributing to automated recognition of items like traffic signs, 3D-localisation of vehicles and combining LIDAR laser and camera images. For retrieving data, mobile mapping vans equipped with sensors, like LIDAR-systems and cameras, are being used, noted TomTom.

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Theo Gevers, one of the Scientific Directors at Atlas Lab, said that university is already doing research on automated recognition of items in images and videos. Yet the recognition of items and creation of HD maps in highly complex situations like a moving car is still a huge challenge, he added. Gevers noted that this collaboration with TomTom provides an extra dimension to new and challenging AI-research.

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The company is pushing the boundaries of the use of AI for making HD maps for self-driving cars, noted Harold Goddijn, CEO, TomTom. He said there is need for ground-breaking research into AI technology, which is why TomTom is collaborating with UvA’s world-leading AI department on this initiative. This will move the company a step closer to an autonomous future with safer roads, free of congestion and emissions, added Goddijn.