During the Connected Car trial, NXP, IBM and its partners (Nokia, Rijkswaterstaat, ANWB, Cibatax, Technolution, TNO, KPN, Tass Software Solutions and TU Eindhoven) have equipped 200 participating cars with a special telematics chip to automatically gather driving conditions data – such as bad weather or traffic density – which is then analysed and used to inform the road authority in real-time of potential issues and hazards on the road (full press release here)
As cars become increasingly connected, they create a vast amount of data that can be used to enhance the driving experience. Sensors in cars already alert drivers via their dashboard for low tire pressure, broken lights or engine failures. The same sensors can now register heavy or sudden braking (ABS), vehicle speeds, and use of windscreen wipers, all of which can be then transmitted, analysed and used by road authorities. How? The central communication system of the car (CAN-bus) sends relevant sensor data from the car to the cloud-enabled IBM Smarter Traffic Center, where data is analysed and translated into incidents that can inform road authorities of issues, enabling them to act in real time on dangerous road conditions, accidents or growing traffic density in real-time.
We also created a special Smart-In-Car App for Smartphones. By combining the data from the Traffic Center with data from Nokia mobile phones and information about the road network, motorists can see on the Smart-In-Car App. detailed information based on their specific location about road conditions and traffic jams in their vicinity. With this information they can adjust or improve their driving behavior.
To test this concept in practice, hundreds of taxis from the taxi company were equipped with an on-board unit containing the NXP ATOP chip. First results of this twelve-month pilot phase showed how road authorities, city officials and drivers/motorists can benefit from the Connected Car communications model to resolve road network issues faster and reduce congestion and improve traffic flow.
The connected car can improve the driver’s experience. The ability to turn the data received from every car on the road into actionable insight can really help to resolve traffic issues – for example, directing rapid response teams to immediately steer traffic away from accidents or heavy congestion. On March 12 we will announce the results of an ‘economical driving challenge’ between taxi drivers.
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