Traffic information and analytics company INRIX has announced it is making its new INRIX Safety Alerts product available to, it says, provide real-time insights to inform drivers and make roads safer.
“With more passenger and fleet vehicles on the roads, safety is an increasing concern,” the company says in a statement. “According to The World Health Organisation’s Global Status Report on Road Safety, more than 1.2 million people die each year on roadways, and between 20 and 50 million suffer non-fatal injuries.”
The company says its Safety Alerts product suite – made up of INRIX Dangerous Slowdowns, INRIX Incidents and INRIX Road Weather – collects real-time data from vehicles and range of other sources to help drivers around the world avoid sudden stops, accidents and hazardous road conditions, and aids transport agencies in managing their road networks better.
“INRIX has long been focused on making driving not only more efficient, but also safer. INRIX Safety Alerts is an innovative next step to proactively use massive amounts of big data to make connected vehicles and smart cities safer for everyone,” said Mark Daymond, chief technology officer at INRIX. “Drivers, fleet operators and city planners now have a real-time solution for visibility into ever-changing road conditions.”
It explains the three products;
INRIX Dangerous Slowdowns is a newly launched service in INRIX XD Traffic that helps prevent back-of-queue, rear-end collisions where rapidly forming congestion creates a situation that requires advanced driver awareness. Based on real-time data from vehicles on the road, the location-based notifications warn drivers and transport agencies of sudden reductions in speed or stopped traffic.
INRIX Incidents keeps drivers and transport planners informed about congestion, accidents and construction on the road. Using more than 400 data sources, Incidents provides what INRIX says is the most comprehensive and accurate global dataset of anomalous roadway conditions. According to an independent study by Frost & Sullivan, INRIX Traffic had a 100% detection rate of the recorded incidents.
INRIX Road Weather uses real-time and predictive atmospheric data to give drivers advance warning of dangerous weather-related road conditions tied to individual road segments. INRIX says Road Weather provides drivers with critical information about the roads themselves, including the type of precipitation, surface condition (including hard to detect black ice) and visibility. It says the identification of hazardous road conditions can also be utilised by transport officials for real-time management of road networks or advanced maintenance planning.