TomTom said it is developing ultra-fast lane-level traffic technology supporting autonomous driving and “smarter mobility.”
With help from Cisco, TomTom said it will conduct research to leverage roadside data captured by Cisco’s array of sensors, routers and controllers “to create the next generation of traffic information technology.”
The research combines Cisco’s data with TomTom’s traffic-fusion technology and expertise, supported by Cisco’s Internet of Things platform, according to Amsterdam-based TomTom.
TomTom highlighted the use of distributed acoustic sensing (DAS) technology, which has the ability to convert a fiber-optic cable into an array of virtual microphones that detect and measure vehicle movements. The data is merged with TomTom’s pool of floating car data from more than 500 million devices, then displayed and analyzed in a TomTom interface specifically designed for the needs of traffic management centers, according to the company.
“With this project, we are connecting road infrastructure, vehicles, drivers and road authorities, enabling them to exchange information in near real time,” said Edwin Paalvast, president EMEAR at Cisco. “That is what the Internet of Things is about. With TomTom’s expertise, its gigantic pool of traffic data and innovative traffic technology, TomTom is a strong company to work with in this field.”
The R&D is expected to reduce latency and increase accuracy of real-time traffic services, while reducing the costs of traffic monitoring infrastructure, according to TomTom.
As an example, DAS technology promises to be significantly cheaper to set up and maintain than traditional inductive-loop sensors. The project aims to develop better products supporting the demanding requirements of autonomous driving, where cars need to know what lies beyond their sensors, in real time and on each lane.
“We strongly believe that Internet of Things and cloud technologies are essential parts to the future of mobility and we are excited to work with Cisco in moving traffic technology forward”, said Anders Truelsen, managing director of TomTom’s licensing business.