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In English, DITM stands for Digital Infrastructure for Future-proof Mobility. As part of the project, Brainport Development is working with partner companies to implement the digital infrastructure for automated transport. This will enable us to organize our mobility in a more efficient and safe way. The project focuses on innovative digital map production systems that produce and update maps based on, among others, continuous road infrastructure sensor observations and the increasing number of "smart" vehicles on the road.
We are trying to make mobility ever safer by using reliable maps. We use cars’ sensor observations to keep the maps up to date and digital data from public authorities to keep them accurate. To best shape the digital infrastructure of the future, it is important to work together and share knowledge. This is why DITM consists of several work packages. Each work package focuses on a specific task. The work package that I am leading as part of this project is Digital Maps & Traffic Management. Jointly with partners TNO, Monotch, Siemens, and Geomaat, we are trying to connect vehicles to the data available in the road infrastructure. We are developing different applications, such as a navigation system that provides lane level navigation, or one that allows cars to communicate with smart traffic systems. For example, traffic lights that stay green when a convoy approaches that should not be interrupted.
Future mobility does not imply that the majority of the cars will be autonomous. Many people still enjoy driving their car and find it relaxing. Therefore, our roadmap for the coming years focuses on ADAS: Autonomous Driving Assistance Systems. With these systems, the driver is still driving the car, but the system is assisting them with driving and parking functions. To enable this, you also need very accurate and more reliable maps. Sensors can detect what is happening at that exact moment, but you need a map to be able to look ahead.
TomTom's goal is to develop new navigation and ADAS products. Current navigation systems use GPS and satellites especially developed for localization. They provide certain accuracy, but if you want to move from road level to lane level navigation, your localization must be more accurate. The newer generation of cars are equipped with localization techniques and additional sensors, such as camera and radar sensors. Allowing the car to evaluate its surroundings.
All existing navigation systems already provide comfortable navigation from A to B, whether you use your own navigation system, or Google-maps. The innovations we are working on as part of DITM will make everyone’s journey a lot safer.
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