Google, on Thursday, announced the launch of a HD version of its vehicle Google Map function.
Unlike Google Maps, Google’s HD map is not a consuming-facing application, but an additional layer of data that’s served to the vehicle’s L2+ or L3 assisted driving systems through Google Automotive Services.
The additional information of the HD map is to sit on top of Google Maps’ data and delivers details such as precise lane makers and localization of objects (road signs) to help assisted driving vehicles orient themselves on the road.
The driver will not be able to see or access the HD map or data directly. It’s not clear at this time if the driver will even know if the vehicle is using the HD mapping, though, presumably the vehicle’s assisted driving skills will be improved when it’s in use.
Techcrunch reported that Google spokesperson said the HD mapping is initially focused on high-traffic roads like freeways, although, the exact cities or freeways were not stated.
According to the announcement, the HD map is now available to automakers using Google Automotive Services. Volvo and Polestar announced that the HD map will soon be available in the Volvo EX90 and the Polestar 3.