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Low Cost GNSS and Computer Vision Fusion for Accurate Lane Level Navigation and Enhanced Automatic Map Generation (inLane)
  inLane

Aim
The objective of inLane is to deliver lane-level information to an in-vehicle navigation system giving drivers the opportunity to select the optimal road lane, even in the case of dense urban and extra-urban traffic. This will be realised through the fusion of EGNSS and Computer Vision technology. inLane will reduce the risks associated with last-moment lane-change manoeuvres and enable a new generation of enhanced mapping information based on crowd sourcing.

Brief Description
Lane-level positioning and map matching are some of the biggest challenges for navigation systems. Although vehicle telematics provide services with positioning requirements fulfilled by low-cost GNSS receivers, more complex road and driver assistance applications are increasingly been deployed, due to the growing demand. These include lane-level information as well as lane-level navigation and prioritised alerts depending on the scenario composition (traffic sign, navigation instructions, ADAS instructions). These applications need a more accurate and reliable positioning subsystem. A good example of these new requirements can be witnessed in the increasing interest in navigation at lane-level, with applications such as enhanced driver awareness, intelligent speed alert and simple lane allocation.

As well as the accuracy of positioning data being a big driver, there is also a question around the adaptability of navigation systems to these applications. This depends firstly on the availability of an accurate common reference for positioning (an enhanced map) and secondly, on the level of the provided pose estimation (integrity). However, neither the current road maps nor the traditional integrity parameters seem to be well suited for these purposes. Delivering lane-level information to an in-vehicle navigation system and combining this with the opportunity for vehicles to exchange information between themselves, will give drivers the opportunity to select the optimal road lane, even in dense traffic in urban and extra-urban areas. Every driver will be able to choose the appropriate lane and will to be able to reduce the risks associate with last-moment lane-change manoeuvres. inLane proposes new generation, lowcost, lane-level, precise turn-by-turn navigation applications through the fusion of EGNSS and Computer Vision technology. This will enable a new generation of enhanced mapping information based on crowdsourcing.

Project Partners
    Vicomtech – IK4, Spain (Coordinator)
    ERTICO – ITS Europe, Belgium
    Honda Research Institute Europe GmbH, Germany
    Intel Corporation, Germany
    TeleConsult Austria GmbH, Austria
    TomTom International BV, Netherlands
    Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Netherlands
    Automobil Club Assistencia SA, Spain
    Ifsttar, France
    Institut Municipal D'Informática de Barcelona, Spain

Financing
This project has received funding from the European GNSS Agency under the European Union's Horizon 2020 innovation programme under grant agreement No 687458.

Status
    Running

Further Information
    inLane project website