Nexar launches CityStream to provide minute-by-minute visibility of entire cities
Nexar has launched CityStream, which uses the Nexar connected-dashcam network, to create digital road maps and capture high-frequency, localized data from the road in real-time. The platform is designed to digitize the public space and open Nexar's car-sourced data to cities looking for actionable insights into traffic patterns, real-time vehicle routing, city dynamics, and infrastructure management.
To date, most efforts to gain visibility of a city's roadways require expensive, stationary hardware that has a limited reach. Nexar's CityStream is intended to improve upon the limited reach of stationary hardware by leveraging drivers’ smartphones to turn their vehicles into sensors that visually scan the road to provide insights. The company's mobile app uses on-device artificial intelligence (AI) to then create a digital map that captures the driving scene and to produce a low-latency information “firehose” of GIS-tagged objects of road obstacles, traffic conditions, and the state of infrastructure.
This approach is expected to reduce the initial cost of deployment and allow for rapid integration of new traffic, navigation, and operation applications. The company says that municipalities and city agencies can benefit from this data in real-time by unlocking a variety of applications, such as congestion management, first response management, parking and mass transportation optimization, city sanitation operations, and public safety.
"Currently, even the most heavily trafficked cities have only a barebones understanding of what's actually happening on their roads, and so they can't effectively improve operational efficiency," said Eran Shir, CEO of Nexar. "With CityStream, we've pioneered a solution that leverages our Open Vehicle Network and provides a detailed 'x-ray' of any given city every minute-instant, life-saving and time-saving value."