Neutral road hazard data platform to improve safety
BMW has teamed up with European governments, other car manufacturers and navigation companies to share real-time safety-relevant traffic data. Sharing information on road hazards like wet or icy roads, poor visibility or stalled vehicles could improve road safety by warning drivers.
The agreement was announced in Eindhoven during ITS, a congress focussing on smart mobility. Governments and those who contribute data will get free access to the neutral server platform. Meanwhile, BMW is going one step further, becoming the first car manufacturer to make its own safety-relevant traffic data available to anyone under a Creative Commons license.
Sharing improves effectiveness
BMW already has a Local Hazard Warning service for its customers via the integrated mobile network interface. The new neutral server platform will combine data from all participating parties. This will improve the effectiveness of the information for all participants.