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Volvo EX90 to support Google’s new HD map

In the upcoming Volvo EX90, lidar, cameras, and radars come together to understand your car’s surroundings and help keep you safe. To further improve its assisted driving technologies and eventually reach autonomous driving in the future, Volvo also needs a way to recognize your environment in the detail – both immediately in front of you and at longer distances beyond the twists and turns ahead.

Enter Google’s HD map – a comprehensive map designed specifically for carmakers that provide highly detailed and up-to-date road information.

Continuing its longstanding collaboration with Google, Volvo Cars and its strategic affiliate Polestar will be the first carmakers to bring HD map technology into Volvo cars, starting with the recently unveiled Volvo EX90 and Polestar 3.

This animation is intended to illustrate Volvo Cars’ development efforts of Pilot Assist, its assisted driving feature, with support from Google’s HD map as well as input from its advanced exterior sensors set made of a lidar, 5 radars, and 8 cameras. It is not illustrative nor indicative of Google’s HD map’s exact capabilities or applications.

By integrating Google’s HD map, Volvo will be able to bring together data from its industry-leading sensor set in the Volvo EX90 with Google’s precise lane-level and localization data to facilitate assisted driving features like lane change assistance and Volvo Cars’ Pilot Assist technology, as well as future autonomous driving functionality.

“The addition of Google HD Maps in our future car line-up marks an expansion of our strategic collaboration with Google, reflecting our commitment to work with technology leaders,” says COO and Deputy CEO Javier Varela. “Implementing Google HD Maps in our upcoming cars will help us offer our drivers a more enjoyable driving experience and in the future contribute to the introduction of safe autonomous driving.”

“Building on our long history of mapping the world, Google’s new HD map is designed specifically for automakers and provides comprehensive lane-level and localization data that is crucial to powering the next generation of assisted and autonomous driving systems,” says Jorgen Behrens, VP and General Manager of Geo Automotive, Google. “We’re excited to continue partnering with leading automakers like Volvo Cars to improve the safety and comfort of drivers everywhere,” he added.

This road information combined with the data from the Volvo EX90’s lidar and other sensors will be processed through the car’s core computer system powered by NVIDIA DRIVE AI Platforms Xavier and Orin.

By combining data from Google’s HD map with information collected from its exterior sensors, including lidar and software developed by safety software company Zenseact, they aim to create a more predictable, safe, and comfortable drive.

In the future, Google’s HD map will also support the introduction of its autonomous driving technology in combination with its sensor set consisting of a roof-integrated lidar, radars, cameras, and ultrasonic sensors, to further improve the car’s understanding of its environment.

“Zenseact is proud to work alongside Volvo Cars and Google on the implementation of this game-changing technology for assisted, and later on, autonomous driving,” says Ödgärd Andersson, Chief executive officer of Zenseact. “It will play an important role in our journey towards zero collisions.”

The small print

Google’s HD map will be available in cars with Pilot Assist.
Volvo Cars’ Pilot Assist offer may vary depending on the market, model year, and car model.
Google, and Google Maps are trademarks of Google LLC.

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