TomTom has launched its first autonomous test vehicle, as the Dutch location technology giant looks to improve its various mapping technologies aimed at the burgeoning driverless car industry.

Ahead of , the annual International Motor Show taking place in Frankfurt, Germany, next week, TomTom today announced that the number of vehicles using TomTom’s maps for automated driving has doubled to more than one million this year spanning numerous automakers. And to help improve its maps, the company has now built its own vehicle, capable of full Level 5 autonomy, in partnership with Volvo.

“Having our own autonomous vehicle is a critical advantage when it comes to developing the technology required for safe and comfortable autonomous driving,” noted TomTom’s head of autonomous driving Willem Strijbosch. “We

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