Mitsubishi Electric’s Mobile Mapping System and AI to hasten autonomous driving

Mitsubishi Electric announced today that it has developed technologies for automated mapping and extraction of transitions in mapping landscape based on artificial intelligence (AI) and its own Mobile Mapping System (MMS) for highly precise three-dimensional maps. The automated mapping technology uses AI to quickly create precise, accurate three-dimensional maps. Only necessary information, such as road markings and traffic signs, is extracted from laser-point clouds and camera data measured and collected by MMS. Mitsubishi Electric’s MMS provides 3D positional information of roads and roadside structures with an absolute precision within 10cm or less, which is collected via a system consisting of laser scanners, cameras and GPS antennas, while driving.

AI improves the precision of extraction and recognition of the only data necessary, resulting in some 10 times faster map creation compared to industry-standard manual creation. The system also costs less than conventional methods. These maps, intended to form the basis for dynamic maps indispensable for autonomous driving, provides static information of roads and surrounding objects. Mitsubishi Electric plans to sell software utilizing this automated mapping and difference extraction technologies to map publishers including Dynamic Map Planning Corporation this coming October. The software will be used for the creation of highly precise 3D maps of expressways in Japan. Mitsubishi Electric will exhibit both the technologies for the first time at CeBIT 2017 in Hannover, Germany.

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