Drive Time Metrics and Otonomo Partner to Provide Privacy Protected In-vehicle Listening Insights to Media Brands and Advertisers

Jamestown, Rhode Island and Herzliya, Israel — January 16, 2019 — Drive Time Metrics and Otonomo today announced that they have partnered to provide privacy protected, in-vehicle listening insights to media, brands and advertisers. Drive Time Metrics will use data from Otonomo’s automotive data service platform to help revolutionize radio measurement by providing the industry with better understand of what media appeals to drivers, while also protecting data privacy.

More audio listening happens in vehicles than anywhere else, but media brands and advertisers have few insights into in-vehicle listeners’ tastes and preferences. However, today’s connected cars generate granular digital data from multiple audio sources, including AM/FM/HD/DAB, internet radio (Pandora, Spotify, etc.), satellite radio, CDs, and stored music. By partnering with Otonomo, Drive Time Metrics can tap into this data in a secure way, while respecting drivers’ privacy needs.

“We are excited to be working with Otonomo to give the media industry innovative, modern analytics techniques,” said Roderick MacKenzie, Chief Executive Officer at Drive Time Metrics. “Understanding what’s happening in vehicles is incredibly valuable for optimizing programming to meet today’s listener needs and preferences. Otonomo will help us achieve this while maintaining privacy standards.”

The Otonomo automotive data services platform ingests, anonymizes, cleanses, and normalizes automotive data from multiple sources, including OEMs and other data providers. Drive Time Metrics utilizes data that is dynamically anonymized through the Otonomo Anonymization Engine, to protect drivers’ privacy. The Anonymization Engine uses multiple sophisticated techniques to remove multiple types of information that could potentially identify drivers, while maintaining the data’s usability for media measurement.

“Partnering with Drive Time Metrics is helping us grow the automotive data ecosystem and increase the value generated from automotive data,” said Ben Volkow, CEO and founder of Otonomo. “In-vehicle listening analytics are an ideal use case for automotive data, and we’re glad to be supporting Drive Time Metrics while protecting drivers.”

Drive Time Metrics insights and analytics are available to audio providers, advertisers, ad agencies, and consulting firms today. To learn more, visit To learn more about the Otonomo automotive data services platform, visit

About Drive Time Metrics
Partnering with OEM auto manufacturers and their system partners, DTM collects and analyzes anonymous audio listening data from vehicles. DTM aggregates this data from multiple OEM partners and develops the sophisticated data analytics to deliver breakthrough insights into listening behavior. DTM’s holistic approach includes all audio sources in a vehicle, whether built-in or brought-in, including AM/FM/HD/DAB, internet radio (Pandora, Spotify, etc.), satellite radio, podcasts, CD and stored music, and more. DTM’s services include high level insights, audience measurement, ad attribution, ad analysis, music analysis, et al. DTM was founded by a team with both deep auto and media experience.

About Otonomo
Otonomo paves the way for new apps and services that make transportation safer, more convenient, and truly rewarding. We offer the first neutral automotive data services platform, which provides simple, secure data access and transforms data into actionable insights for services such as predictive maintenance, emergency services, on-demand fueling, insurance, and smart cities. With a research and development center in Herzeliya, Israel and presence in the United States, Europe, and Japan, we deliver near-real-time data from more than 7M cars and have more than 75 partners in our ecosystem. Leading venture capital and strategic investors include Bessemer Venture Partners, Aptiv, Dell Technologies Capital, Hearst Ventures, and Maniv Mobility.

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