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Automotive manufacturers release traffic data to the public

Doing the right thing: Several major automakers have recently published safety-relevant, anonymized traffic data under a free license. This unbiased server platform is intended to improve traffic safety through the exchange of data.

18 Jun. 2019
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Photo: BMW Group

To be more precise, the data collected by vehicle sensors has been released along with other information with the intention of improving the accuracy of warnings. Starting July 1, they will be accessible to all without the need to pay for a license. The Neutrale Server Projekt (Unbiased Server Project) is the first of its kind, reports Christoph Grote of the BMW Group. The principle behind it is reciprocity: Sharing safety-relevant data means receiving services to improve traffic safety in return. Other partners in the project include Daimler, Ford and Volvo, in addition to BMW. The goal is to create an open ecosystem to improve traffic safety in Europe. Here Open Location Platform is the linchpin of the project.

As early as 2017, the Sueddeutsche Zeitung had reported on the potential value of traffic data for society at large. According to the newspaper, transport companies and municipal governments had been criticized for having this kind of data without (in most cases) sharing it with the public.

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