Autonomous vehicle platform connects road authorities with vehicle operators
INRIX announced a new platform designed to provide the foundation for cities and road authorities to communicate with operators for safe and effective deployment of highly automated vehicles (HAVs) on public roads. INRIX AV Road Rules enables cities and road authorities to assign, validate, and manage traffic rules and restrictions for autonomous vehicles operating on public roads. The platform also reportedly leverages information from HAVs to report infrastructure improvement needs, making the roads safer for all users.
"If deployed correctly, highly automated vehicles will radically improve our transportation systems, making them safer, more efficient, and higher quality," said Avery Ash, Head of Autonomous Mobility. "After talking to hundreds of cities, states, and federal officials, and dozens of HAV operators, we identified a critical data gap that INRIX is uniquely positioned to address. INRIX AV Road Rules marks an essential new tool for transportation agencies to lay a foundation for the safe operation of HAVs on public roads."
INRIX AV Road Rules reportedly enables cities and road authorities to quickly and easily digitize local restrictions such as speed limits, crosswalks, school zones, and stop signs, allowing automakers and HAV operators to ensure that vehicles comply with local guidelines. The platform also creates a channel to communicate road infrastructure needs from HAVs back to transportation agencies, which improves safety and performance for all road users.
At launch, seven cities and road authorities and four HAV operators have signed on to support INRIX AV Road Rules, and others have expressed interest in joining when it expands later this year. The initial set of pilot users includes Austin, TX; Boston; Cambridge, MA; Portland, ME; Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, which includes Las Vegas; and Transport for West Midlands and Transport Scotland in the UK. Automakers and operators slated to use the platform at launch include Jaguar Land Rover, May Mobility, nuTonomy (an Aptiv company), and operators running Renovo's Aware platform. The initial set of partners will help refine and expand the platform to improve a crucial tool for road authorities to fulfill their traditional role of setting and maintaining traffic rules and restrictions.