HERE introduced Electronic Horizon at CES in Las Vegas. It is software that lets vehicles know what is happening on the road ahead and allows them to react to that information without driver involvement. Modern cars are equipped with assistance systems to increase comfort, economy and safety, enabling semi-autonomous systems today and fully autonomous systems in the future. These systems usually get input from sensors that observe the car’s environment. However, all sensors are limited in terms of their sensing range and viewing angle. The environment behind other objects, as well as further away than a few meters, is commonly not visible. Therefore, there is a need to provide an additional sensor that sees beyond the corners, which is the map. The industry term for this “map as a sensor” is the so-called Electronic Horizon, which represents the road network and the map attributes ahead of the vehicle. This can range, depending on the use case, from a few hundred meters to many kilometres.
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