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Mapbox Wants To Build Better Maps For Autonomous Cars - Forbes

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  1. jvonbokel

    jvonbokel John VonBokel

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    Just read this article and I can't help but wonder if their "undisclosed auto partnership" will be Tesla. The quote below specifically mentions data coming from the car's cameras. Surely other auto companies have cars equipped with cameras, but naturally Tesla was the first one that came to my mind. I also found that DFJ has a representative (Randy Glein) on MapBox's board.

    "The company claims to have collected more than 100 million miles of telemetry data last week and is on the way to doubling that weekly figure by the end of the summer.
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    The startup also said it has an undisclosed auto partnership to include its maps in a car scheduled to be released sometime this year. With this partnership, Mapbox will start incorporating data coming off this car’s cameras to get higher quality mapping data."

    Source: Mapbox Wants To Build Better Maps For Autonomous Cars
     
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    jvonbokel John VonBokel

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    Exactly. And a couple of those images reminded me of this shot from a recent electrek article about Tesla's Autopilot.

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    Granted, this could easily just be coincidental, since both images are intended to represent the same thing, but when I read the part about in-car cameras, I couldn't help but wonder.
     
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    Resurrecting this thread from a year ago...

    I think that essentially we've all been contributing to Mapbox by driving around...

    Tesla is updating its maps and navigation with open source mapping platforms

    This is interesting news actually, because Tesla have said very little about their mapping plans (well, I suppose they've technically still said nothing). I don't know if Mapbox can out-map Nvidia/HERE/TomTom, with the HD maps, since with maps coverage and quality of data are the two critical things.

    Hopefully, we'll see new maps coming in 8.2 - either way, vector based maps and faster framerate rendering will be very, very welcome - even if it's not using the central lane "rails" maps they're pushing for level 2/3 driving systems.
     
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    New maps are already available on Model 3 (only for North America), and you can dump them and then plug into Model S/X to try for yourself.
    The big benefit is they are much newer than quite dated Q4 '15 Navigon ones.

    Also if you live in Taiwan - it's the only source there.
     
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    Didn't we get the tom/tom maps with .24 / . 76 in the US? Is this the same maps as the 3?

    And as a fishing expedition how to know what's on m3??? Did you get access to one????
     
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    tomtom is for speed limits and highway classes, I think. I actually know nothing about it other than what other people claim on the internet. In car it's still Navigon, but it does not seem to be getting speed data from it.

    Model 3 is using "Tesla Maps" it appears, which is based on mapbox and valhalla - stuff being talked about in the Electrek article linked above. Same thing is now used on Model S/X in Taiwan (with all code in place they recently made navigation available there with recent releases).

    As for the Model 3 - it's an internet connected car, once you connect anything to the internet, it becomes public knowledge ;)
     
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    @verygreen Have you tried the Tesla maps in your car?

    Are they noticeably faster to update, smoother to pan/scroll, or is it pretty much the same as the google maps?

    Oooh - and any mention of the 'driver assistance maps' in the newest firmware?
     
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    Yes. See here: New IC navigation applet

    Oh, you mean on cid? On cid it's still displaying google maps tiles at the same speed. The only changing part is routing algorithm and displaying on IC (and voice I think).
    Driver assistance maps is a separate thing that's referenced by ape firmware since a couple releases back, but it only loads Fremont map tile by default. The process is appropriately named "atlas".
     
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    Ah, cool - thanks for the video! Looks good! Hard to tell on the video, but it looks less 'perspective' than the current (Garmin?) maps on the IC, and more of a straight top-down, birds-eye view?

    Hopefully they'll use the same system for the cid too
     
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    the perspective changes as you drive as does point of view. E.g. as I transition from one highway to another at 19:30 mark in the video see how it zooms out to show me the full view of the interchange.
    Similarly at 5:00 after I restore the ic capture we can see I make a turn and it then zooms out and tilts the view since no major turns are planned for quite a while.
     

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