NIRA Dynamics out of Linköping, Sweden, is working on a system that combines an automobile version of crowd-sourcing with big-data cloud processing to pop out a safety system that can warn drivers of dangerous driving conditions in real time.
Known as Road Surface Information (RSI), the idea is that cars are fitted with a device that continuously monitors the road friction, relaying this information back to a central system where it is analysed and possibly formed into timely slip hazard warnings that can be sent to other drivers in dangerous areas.
Even when not connected to the network, the RSI device could be used to alter the suspension settings of the car to optimise road handling and comfort for the state of the road.
During the northern winter months, NIRA Dynamics provided the Swedish Transport Administration (STA) and Klimator AB with software for a large number of cars, to continuously monitor the road conditions.
NIRA’s servers collated and processed the data to provide the real-time road condition insights. This has the added benefit of facilitating a more efficient and environmentally-friendly approach by the STA to winter road maintenance.
According to NIRA Dynamics, this resulted in significant cost savings.