TomTom Is Making use of Its GPS Know-how To Self-Driving Automobiles And Health Watches
GPS system maker TomTom has moved past flip-by-flip instructions into sensible watches and embedded automotive software program that could possibly be used for self-driving automobiles.
The moveable mapping system maker introduced in September the discharge of 24,000 km (roughly 15,000 miles) of extremely automated driving (HAD) maps overlaying Germany’s whole freeway community. HAD maps are a extremely correct sort of 3D mapping know-how that permits automated driving automobiles to drive from level a to level b, as an alternative of simply sensing what’s on the street in entrance of them.
Most of these maps present self-driving automobiles with a sensible illustration of the street forward, outlining things like lane centerlines, lane dividers, street borders, and guard rails, as an example. It will possibly additionally level out velocity limits and lane dividers to maintain the automotive in examine and permit it to regulate accordingly.
TomTom has additionally jumped into health with the discharge of the TomTom Spark watch. This wearable tracks most of the similar issues as different health units reminiscent of steps, mileage and sleep time, but in addition lets you take heed to your music on the go with out your smartphone. It does require a Bluetooth-enabled headset to work, however comes with fairly a little bit of space for storing for loads of tune choices. The watch’s 3GB permits for as much as 500 songs and may sync by way of USB cable out of your laptop computer.
Because of TomTom’s origins in GPS know-how, the Spark goals to precisely document mileage, minutes of exercise and what number of energy you might have burned throughout that point. The watch additionally comes with a critical coronary heart fee sensor that the corporate says rivals that of the Apple Watch.
TomTom Spark begins delivery right now. It may be bought instantly from TomTom’s website for 189.00 EU or $212.sixty seven U.S.
I spoke with co-founder Corinne Vigreux concerning the Spark health watch and in addition received an replace on the Dutch firm’s new mapping program that would assist automotive manufacturers like Volkswagen bounce into the self-driving area. All of that and extra is within the video up above.