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The Next Generation of Traffic Services is Coming from Rich Sensor Data

HERE Mapping Resources rich sensor dataRich Sensor Data is at the heart of the next generation of traffic services.  Rich Sensor Data is collected from vehicles in collaboration with the automobile manufacturers.  Since this information comes from the cars themselves, it is more precise and reliable.  More and more companies are using this traffic information data to power the in-vehicle connected services and related smartphone apps.

Initial Methods of Traffic Data Collection

Initially, traffic services had to rely on roadside sensors and cameras to acquire stats and to perform adequately.  They used induction loops to count the passing vehicles, but it could only gather limited information.  Moreover, it was expensive and needed constant maintenance such as the replacement of broken cameras.

Along with this, some service providers started to gather data from the operators of commercial vehicles.  Commercial vehicles generally have a tracking system, and the service providers use this information to estimate the condition of say, traffic on a particular road.  Thus, if a truck applied brakes abruptly, it could be due to an accident. This data proved pretty useful especially when new data is delivered every few seconds.

Recently, mobile devices came into the picture.  Service providers started acquiring traffic information directly from the mobile devices present in the cars.  This floating car data was not only accurate but was also in large amounts.  It gave a boost to the already collected traffic information, fixed the loops and added more details.

Real-Time Traffic Data via Rich Sensor Data

Rich Sensor Data is the real-time traffic information that comes directly from the vehicles.  This data is rich with information that comes from the probes in the cars.  For instance, if the traffic is slow at some location, a traffic build-up is expected.  The more the probes, the more accurate data will be.

For this reason, HERE gathers data from the probes of different brands of cars.  This way they get precise data that is up to the minute.  It positively impacts the traffic services they provide.  It’s a difficult task to organize and extract information from this data because all companies define it in their preferred way.  However, Rich Sensor Data is the future of traffic services, and an increasing number of businesses and apps are becoming aware of its potential.   At this point, people still rely more on news reports, and other sources of traffic information before planning a long drive. However, when the service providers can offer more accurate details about traffic updates, people will come to have faith in their in-vehicle navigation systems.

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Your Car’s Computer is a Data Center

HERE Mapping Resources data centerTechnology redefines everything with which it becomes acquainted. With the developing concepts of Internet of Things (IoT), a notion is that the automobile industry won’t get away without being influenced by this technology. The cars of today are not similar to the cars manufactured a decade ago. The top-notch GPS systems, high-end automated controls, advancements in auto-pilot mode and the introduction of self-parking in latest vehicles, differentiate the car of today, with that of yesterday.

Behind this tech jibber-jabber, there is a factor which needs to be understood and acknowledged. If a car has even a single function that requires connection to the Internet, rest assured there is a flow of data involved. The car itself becomes a data center which trades data with online servers and takes actions accordingly.  Whether it is sending/receiving the coordinates while driving in auto-pilot mode or playing audio via Bluetooth from your SoundCloud profile it is sending and receiving data.

According to the reports, the demands for fast transactions of real-time data are escalating which is forcing several data management service providers to the edge, thus giving rise to “the Edge” technology. Before the idea of Edge Technology, there were complaints of latency which caused a major hindrance in achieving the best results. The bandwidth lapse has been overcome by the Edge technology. It is argued that by the year 2020, a total of about 5.6 billion Internet of Things (IoT) based devices will be using the Edge technology. Every car will become a data center because it will have to store and use the data.  If the goal is to improve the auto-pilot experience where the driver just sits back and relaxes while the car is on the road making decisions itself the car will require this stored data.

Brian Krzanich, the CEO of Intel, states that a car generates approximately 4 TB of data on a daily basis. With the Edge technology, the cars will turn themselves into data banks on wheels which will not only be able to store the data but also will keep it synced with the relevant cloud servers. The electric cars have made this process of installing Edge technology even easier because the process doesn’t involve wires and switches. It’s more like a plug-in play type of thing.

In a nutshell, the Edge technology promotes the idea of processing data on local systems rather than fetching and storing from the cloud. For all IoT products, it is going to be a significant advancement.

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