Today, Otonomo made an exciting announcement: That we are expanding the capabilities of the Otonomo Automotive Data Services Platform to increase the utilization of crowd data from connected cars. The Otonomo Platform now makes aggregate data from connected BMW and MINI vehicles located in more than 44 countries, in addition to the data already available from other automotive manufacturers. This new source of crowd data grows the global footprint for valuable services and solutions that improve the driving experience and alleviate societal issues such as urban congestion and pollution.
BMW Group Crowd Data Includes Several Data Categories
BMW Group crowd data includes road sign data, traffic data, ultrasonic sensor data, and hazard data. All of these data categories are now available to service providers who are registered on the Otonomo Platform. The Otonomo Platform increases the value of this data by reshaping it and enriching it to make it application-ready and easily accessible through standards-based APIs. Our service providers tell us that the Platform makes data integration drastically easier than it has ever been in the past.
Crowd Data Use Cases Augment Personal Services
BMW Group crowd data opens up new use cases for car data, in addition to the support we have offered starting last year for vehicle-specific, personal services in BMW and MINI connected vehicles, via our BMW CarData offering.
- Parking: Aggregated ultrasonic sensor data from BMW vehicles can be used to identify open parking spots and estimate parking availability. Services that use this data can dramatically decrease urban congestion and alleviate one of the most frustrating moments in drivers’ city trips.
- Urban planning for smart cities: The content and location of road signs detected by forward cameras from BMW Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) enrich the understanding of traffic flows through urban environments and highways.
- Real-time intelligence: Real-time traffic information and navigation services and apps can use BMW data to highlight areas of congestion and help drivers find the fastest routes.
- Local hazard warning services: BMW local hazard data provides a way to alert drivers of dangerous road conditions—including heavy rain or dense fog—through mapping and navigation services. In addition, information on dynamic signage can issue warnings on slowdowns, slippery roads, or ice.
- Mapping services: Road sign and ultra-sonic sensor (USS) data keep critical road information updated. This includes speed limits shown on road signs and temporary road and speed changes caused by construction work.
- Municipal maintenance and road optimization: Analytics can use BMW road sign data to identify signs that are missing or damaged and even trigger repair orders.
If you’re building an app or service that could benefit from aggregate data from connected vehicles across the globe, it’s easy to get started with BMW Group crowd data. Just register for an Otonomo account and request the data bundles that fit your application’s needs.