Intelligent vehicle technology providers HERE and Mobileye have announced plans for a strategic partnership that will see the companies pool their resources in order to develop better autonomous driving solutions for carmakers.

The companies will be working on a range of initiatives designed to improve the amount of real-time, location-based data available to vehicles in order to give cars the information they need about their surroundings and ensure they can navigate safely.

Edzard Overbeek, chief executive of HERE, explained the firms are building a state-of-the-art global map that will be the standard for autonomous driving and other Internet of Things applications that require precise, location-based information and services.

He said: “We are rapidly expanding this capability and I am very pleased that we can accelerate that work with Mobileye, a strategic partner which shares our view of where the automotive and other industries are going.”

Among the projects the firms will work on will be the integration of Mobileye’s Roadbook as a data layer in HERE’s HD Live Map. The information this provides will give autonomous vehicles an important additional layer of real-time contextual awareness by gathering landmark and roadway information. This can help make a vehicle more aware of its surroundings so it can react more appropriately, as well as allowing for more accurate vehicle positioning on the road.

Mobileye will also be able to utilise HERE’s Open Location Platform to ingest and process raw data in order to improve the performance and level of information provided by its Roadbook offering.

Finally, HERE will be able to use road segment data and Roadbook to support faster updates to its HD Live Map.

“Detecting changes in the real world and adjusting the map accordingly is critically important for automated vehicles to plan better driving strategies,” the company explained. “With more sensor data available from car manufacturers equipped with Mobileye’s REM technology, the HERE HD Live Map will be updated even more quickly, achieving very short Time to Reflect Reality.

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