DLR developed and validated its method DriveMark® that provides accurate Ground Control Points (GCPs) for the co-registration of optical aerial images using radar satellite data. This allows the so-called geo-referencing of other data sources like aerial images. In addition, vehicles can utilize those precise landmarks, to determine its ego position via traffic signs, traffic lights and lighting poles and gantries, in real time. Merged with data from other surround view sensors as well as vehicle information, the precise positioning of the car within the driving lane can be enabled.
On direct invitation of the European Commission, General Directorate Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Dept. "Space Data for Societal Challenges and Growth", DLR Technology Marketing presented DriveMark on the European Space Solutions Conference from May 30 to June 03 in The Hague, Capital of the Netherlands. According to the overall claim "Bringing Space to Earth" more than 1,000 visitors experienced new innovations, topics of technology transfer and applications based on satellite data & services. The European Commission assessed that “Automated Driving” is one of three basic future trends.
In the application segment COPERNICUS / Earth Observation the topic DriveMark was the only exhibit on Transportation and Smart Mobility. It´s the outstanding economic relevance of the Automotive sector that attracted numerous visitors from companies, research organizations and public institutions from all over Europe. They learned at the DLR booth firsthand about the chances of high-precision Geo-information products for Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) and the processing of new highly accurate road maps.
Of the same European outreach and even beyond was the conference ITS Europe from 06 - 09 June 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland, where DriveMark was presented again: The speech on "Generation of High Resolution Roadmaps with Radar Satellites" from DLR´s project manager Hartmut Runge was the core of the session "Mapping & Navigation using Satellite Technology". More than 2,000 participants from 44 countries joined the conference; 90 exhibitors showed the latest ITS technology.
The highly automated driving is one of the key areas of development in the Automotive industry; manufacturers and key suppliers are involved to make the driver assistance systems more intelligent and universal and to increase road safety.
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