Britain's Ordnance Survey is beginning to provide businesses with real-time information for the first time – almost.
A partnership with Intel's Mobileye autonomous driving unit will provide information on roadside infrastructure such as manhole covers and markings. Utilities are intended to be a primary customer. They should know where things are, but often don't. Mobileye will provide this data in "near real time", a spokesperson confirmed.
"The new data will also support the successful rollout of technologies for new market segments, including 5G, intelligent mobility and connected autonomous vehicles," said the OS in a statement.
MobileEye scans the road for routes and obstacles and is widely adopted in the industry already, providing driver assistance in some 313 models, Intel said. Fully autonomous vehicles built by Bentley are planned for 2021. Chipzilla snapped up the company in 2017.
It shouldn't be such a shift for the OS if you've been paying attention. In his annual report last year (PDF), chairman Kieran Murphy emphasised that the OS is a provider of geospatial services, not just data.
The UK's national mapping agency earned £154.9m in 2017/18. Income from government was £87m, business £54m and consumer £11m, with over £7m from non-UK operations. Direct licences accounted for two-thirds. ®