INRIX announced INRIX Road Weather as service that gives critical road condition information with updated alerts every 15 minutes. INRIX says it is the first system to use real-time data from connected vehicles to report road conditions and alert other drivers of potentially dangerous situations.
INRIX claims that unlike traditional weather services, INRIX Road Weather provides information on the roads themselves, including type of precipitation, surface conditions and visibility. INRIX Road Weather is available today to automotive and enterprise customers in North America and Europe.
Weather-related accidents are numerous and costly.
- There are 7,000 U.S. and 8,000 European weather-related auto accident fatalities each year.
- $18 billion in commercial losses caused by weather conditions.
- 25% of US accidents and 30% in Europe are weather related.
Although there has been great improvement in safety systems, the best thing drivers can do is to avoid dangerous road conditions completely, but that’s not always possible. Leveraging a broad set of public and private data sources, real-time vehicle sensor data, and forecast modeling technology from Global Weather Corporation (GWC), INRIX Road Weather keeps drivers and their vehicles informed of dangerous road conditions ahead.
INRIX Road Weather can also help public transportation and road maintenance agencies be more efficient applying resources. Additionally, it can assist emergency service personnel in managing traffic flow before an accident occurs.
INRIX developed Road Weather in collaboration with GWC, the world’s most accurate temperature forecaster in 2013 and 2014, as reported by independent analyst ForecastWatch. Combining the data available from in-vehicle sensors with GWC’s algorithms to accurately predict temperature and precipitation on the road, INRIX Road Weather can alert drivers to dangerous situations before they happen.
INRIX Road Weather is available now for automakers, mobile application developers and public sector agencies, and will soon be available in the INRIX mobile app.