Trends in navigation and automated driving: Interview with Martin Pfeifle

NNG CTO Martin Pfeifle will be attending the 14th Open AutoDrive Forum tomorrow, Wednesday 23rd September. He will be giving a presentation that discusses trends in navigation and automated driving.

This event kicks off two days of talks, including the 2nd Public NDS conference on Thursday 24th.

We caught up with him prior to the event to talk about his presentation, and why he feels it’s important that NNG engage in such events.


Q: Martin, thank you for taking the time to speak to us. It’s quite exciting for NNG to be involved in these events, can you describe what they’re about and what the focus of the upcoming conferences will be?

You’re welcome, it’s great to talk about our attendance at these events. We’re excited to be taking part!

In regard to your question, both the Open AutoDrive Forum (OADF) and the NDS Public Conference, are an opportunity to explore the latest standardization and automotive industry trends in the areas of connected navigation and autonomous driving. It’s great because it’s a chance for these ideas to be shared with a large audience while also allowing discussion and interaction between industry experts.

The OADF is a little bit broader as it not only covers navigation and HD database topics, but also other aspects of automated driving (AD), such as the collection of sensor data and its transmission to the cloud (SENSORIS) or the handling of vehicle to vehicle information.

Q: How does NNG take advantage of High Definition (HD) map capabilities?

Key features of HD maps are exact lane geometry, lane connectivity, and precise localization information.

NNG utilizes live map cloud services to stream up-to-date HD data to the car and combines it with the car sensor information to provide sophisticated lane-level guidance features. These features can then help drivers find their way in complex traffic situations.

CTO Martin Pfeifle

Q: Regarding the intelligent co-driver concept: What is the idea behind it?

Our intelligent co-driver software module combines navigation route-path, HD maps, lane-level positioning, and sensor information. It makes decisions about how the ego-vehicle should behave by predicting other road users’ movements and understanding the overall environment.

The resulting information, including a proposed trajectory, can be depicted in different ways, e.g. in a cluster, on an infotainment screen, or in an augmented reality scene. As the module does not provide information directly to the actuators of a car, but via HMI to the driver, it can also be used outside the very limited operational design domain (ODD) of self-driving vehicles.

Ultimately, the co-driver module makes manual driving safer and creates additional value for the driver.


Q: You will be talking about why NDS.Live HD services are important. Can you give us a bit more info on that?

As discussed previously, HD map data is required for self-driving use cases and for advanced guidance features. As HD maps need to be very reliable and fresh, they are streamed from the cloud to the car.

The streaming of HD data is key for guaranteeing that the HD maps used in the car are reliable. NDS.Live helps to standardize the streaming of fresh data and thus gives in-car navigation systems the ability to easily switch between different map providers.


Q:Why do you think it’s worth joining these conferences live, rather than just watching the highlights?

Well, you will see a lot of interesting presentations and – most importantly – you can ask questions!
The presenters will react immediately to your questions and comments.


Q:That’s all our questions for this time around, have a great conference, and thanks again Martin for taking the time to speak to us.

Thanks, and you’re welcome!

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