Mercedes is developing a self-driving car in collaboration with Nokia's HERE mapping division. The carmaker demoed the technology on an S500 equipped with radar sensors and stereoscopic cameras that give the car a 360 degree view of its surroundings. These sensors are coupled with markers which can identify other cars, pedestrians and any incoming obstacles.
The sensors extrapolate the information to HERE's 3D maps, which help in determining the position of the car on a multi-lane highway down to 20 cm. HERE is working on a connected service that alerts self-driving cars to slippery conditions as well as the ability to see around corners at an intersection.
This isn't the first time Mercedes and HERE collaborated. Last September, Mercedes in conjunction with HERE proved that self-driving cars can effectively navigate in an urban as well as a rural environment by conducting a 100 km test. While the technology is still in its nascent stages, Mercedes believes that it can have a fully autonomous vehicle on the market by 2020.
Ogi Redzic, VP of Connected Driving at HERE, mentioned that autonomous vehicles will radically transform how we live and work.
The technology we developed with Mercedes-Benz allowed us to provide the foundation for automated driving. We took next-generation mapping to its full potential. We collected, processed and published all the data to build an entire new virtual reality of the route the S 500 took.
Using our data, in addition to the sensor data, the car could decide an appropriate speed for the road, know which lane it should aim to be in, what was coming up, and everything else it needed to know to complete the 100km journey.