Big data 'road weather' tool warns drivers on road conditions ahead

September 04, 2015 // By Rich Pell
A tool that uses data from both connected cars and weather predictions is designed to improve driver safety and make transportation networks smarter.

Announced by big data technology company INRIX (Kirkland, WA), the INRIX Road Weather information service is designed to provide drivers with critical information on road conditions, including updated alerts every 15 minutes. It uses real-time data from connected vehicles to provide information on the roads themselves - including precipitation type, surface conditions and visibility (see video (1:52) below).

The service uses data from both private and public sources, vehicle sensors (including both anonymous GPS data and weather-related data such as temperature and barometric pressure), and forecast modeling technology from hyperlocal weather modeling company Global Weather Corporation , whose website motto is "Weather for the Connected World". The collected data is analyzed and transmitted to vehicles and mobile apps to keep drivers informed of potentially dangerous road conditions ahead.

"INRIX has been focused on making driving not only more efficient, but also safer," says Bryan Mistele, INRIX founder and CEO. "Road Weather is another innovative next step that continues our work to use massive amounts of big data and leading-edge technology to make connected cars safer and cities smarter."

INRIX Road Weather is available now for automakers, mobile app developers and public sector agencies. A mobile app is expected to be available soon.

INRIX Road Weather

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