Ordnance Survey (OS), Great Britain’s national mapping agency, and Mobileye have launched trials to create the first detailed roadside infrastructure dataset of Britain for a new accurate and customizable location information service.

To support the trials, Northumbrian Water Group has become the first utility company in the U.K. to join the project. The new service from Mobileye and OS, which will deliver high-precision roadside asset location data to companies across multiple sectors. The collaboration will unlock the innovation of artificial intelligence-powered automotive technology for an array of markets.

Fleets of vans and cars fitted with Mobileye’s automotive camera-based mapping technology are set to capture a street-level (worms-eye) view of the nation’s road network. Retrofitted with the Mobileye 8 Connect, the vehicles are detecting, processing and sending data to the cloud for aggregation before the information is provided to OS. OS, a world-leading geospatial data and technology organization, cross-references the data with its existing datasets. The level of detail recognized and classified includes road markings, network boxes, traffic lights, road signs, lamp and telegraph posts, bollards, manhole covers, and drainage grates. The data is updated constantly as vehicles capture information on the roads they travel.

Initially tested in selected areas of the country, the trials included London, Manchester and the North East. The trials are already helping produce a dataset of Britain’s road network characteristics and street furniture at an unprecedented level of accuracy. The trials will lay the groundwork for new data and infrastructure asset monitoring services from Mobileye and OS for customers across many markets, ranging from the energy and infrastructure sectors to emerging tech markets including connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV) and 5G.