How is Volkswagen crowdsourcing road data?

Answer: by teaming up with Mobileye

by News Staff / February 14, 2017

The German automaker has signed a partnership with Mobileye to install in future vehicle models Road Experience Management (REM) technology, which utilizes front-facing cameras (already standard in VW vehicles) to capture road marking data and other road info, and send it to the cloud. There, it’s collected and fed back into HD navigation maps to make sure those reflect conditions as accurately as possible at all times.

Unclear road markings have become a challenge for self-driving vehicles to overcome. If a comprehensive list visible lane markings is available, it could be used to tell autonomous vehicles where they can or cannot go. 

"The future of autonomous driving depends on the ability to create and maintain precise high-definition maps and scale them at minimal cost", said Amnon Shashua, co-founder and CTO of Mobileye.