Inrix introduces complete AV road rules platform
Inrix has introduced Road Rules, which the company is calling, "the first complete solution for cities and road authorities to easily digitize, manage, and communicate local rules on the roadway, at the curb, and on the sidewalk." The platform has been extended beyond a digital roadway rulebook for only automated driving systems (ADS) to also include support for guidelines that enable other mobility options such as loading zones and parking restrictions for transportation network companies (TNCs), dockless bike/scooter zones, and city infrastructure like fire hydrants and EV charging stations.
Avery Ash, Head of Autonomous Mobility at Inrix, noted that cities of today are facing an identity crisis as they work with 20th-century transportation tools but face 21st-century challenges. He said, "By providing a framework to bridge the data gap between cities, road users, and mobility providers—including automated driving systems—Inrix helps cities remain in the driver's seat for managing transportation."
Inrix says that Road Rules features a simplified design, revamped user experience, and clear workflows to aid road authorities in digitizing and managing transportation rules. It's meant to bridge the data gap by providing an open platform to share critical information with ADS and other roadway users, encouraging innovation and safe, efficient mobility deployment. It's also meant to enable open and standardized data by leveraging the National Association of City Transportation Official's SharedStreets project to deliver open and interoperable data.
"We are excited to collaborate with Inrix to continue our focus on establishing Miami-Dade County as a leader in 21st-century transportation innovation. Road Rules lays the foundation for open communication and managing real-world transportation challenges including effective deployment of automated driving systems on public roads," said Alice N. Bravo, P.E., Director, Department of Transportation and Public Works, Miami-Dade County. "It is also an important step as we explore how our city shares and learns from mobility data across all modes."
Since the Road Rules pilot launch in 2018, 11 cities and road authorities have signed on to implement Inrix Road Rules and are digitizing their infrastructure and restrictions this year, with more announced every month. The set of users includes cities and road authorities with a variety of sizes, climates, and geographies: Austin, TX; Boston; Calgary; Cambridge, MA; Detroit; Portland, ME; Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada which includes Las Vegas; Miami-Dade County, FL; Transport for West Midlands; Transport Scotland in the UK; and Turin, Italy.
"Detroit is committed to staying at the forefront of advanced transportation technology testing and development, so we're excited to partner with Inrix on this project that focuses on ensuring automated vehicles can safely navigate our streets," said Mark de la Vergne, Chief of Mobility Innovation, City of Detroit.
Additionally, four ADS operators have agreed to consume the rules of the road authored by the cities. Automakers and operators slated to use data from the platform where available include: Jaguar Land Rover, May Mobility, nuTonomy (an Aptiv company) and operators running Renovo's Aware platform.