5 Jun 19

Rival OEMs to share live traffic hazard warnings

Four major car manufacturers, two technology companies and European governments have announced a bold public-private partnership to share live traffic safety information in a bid to improve road safety.

The EU Data Task Force is a pilot project brings together BMW, Ford, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo, as well as HERE Europe and TomTom, plus government ministries from the Netherlands, Finland, Spain, Germany and Luxembourg.

Sharing danger alerts 

Its aim is to share anonymised data about road and traffic conditions, such as wet or icy roads, poor visibility and vehicles with hazard lights on, in order to warn drivers of potential dangers ahead.

By using a neutral, cloud-based platform, the participants will be able to share data across brands. Volvo already operates a system that allows its own brand cars to communicate dangers such as slippery road surfaces to each other.

“The more vehicles we have sharing safety data in real time, the safer our roads become,” said Malin Ekholm, Head of the Volvo Cars Safety Centre. “That is why the European Data Task Force is such an important initiative."

BMW shares data free of charge

BMW will become the first OEM to make data collected from its in-car sensors freely available under a Creative Commons licence, via the HERE Open Location Platform.

“When it comes to road safety, there are no competitors, only partners. Sharing traffic data and vehicle networking via C-V2X2 can immediately and extensively improve safety for all road users," said Christoph Grote, Senior Vice-President Electronics, BMW Group.

Now read how connected vehicle data could help fleets to avoid congestion.

Authored by: Jonathan Manning