Google has announced a HD version of its vehicle mapping solution which is considered an additional layer of data that’s served to the vehicles L2+ or L3 assisted-driving systems through Google Automotive Services. 

Volvo and Polestar will be the first to experience the new high-definition maps. The Volvo EX90 and Polestar 3 will be the first to have the built-in navigation feature. 

The Volvo EX90 and Polestar 3 will share the same platform, Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture (SPA2), and both use Android Automotive, which is Google’s native in-car operating system. 

The new information sits on top of Google Map’s data and allows consumers to see details of precise lane makers and road signs to help assisted-driving vehicles orientate themselves on the road. 

“Building on our long history of mapping the world, Google’s new HD map is designed specifically for automakers and provides comprehensive lane-level and localization data that is crucial to powering the next generation of assisted and autonomous driving systems,” said Jørgen Behrens, VP and general manager of Geo Automotive, Google, in a statement. “We’re excited to continue partnering with leading automakers like Volvo to improve the safety and comfort of drivers everywhere.”   

It has not been made clear as to when the driver will be able to know when the vehicle is using the HD mapping, though it is presumed that a noticeable difference in the vehicle’s performance will be seen when the HD mapping is in place. 

Google’s HD map is now available to automakers using Google Automotive Services.