GM has entered a partnership with intelligent mobility company Inrix Inc. to co-develop traffic safety solutions for government transportation and road planning agencies.
The two companies on Wednesday announced the new Safety View by GM Future Roads & Inrix software, which is a cloud-based application that can provide transportation officials with vehicle crash data and other information to “help prioritize and measure the effectiveness of roadway safety projects and their impact on communities.” GM says it is uniquely positioned to offer this software-as-a-service product, as it currently has millions of connected vehicles on the road in North America through its various OnStar service plans, which are available to both fleet and retail customers.
“With nearly 15 million connected cars on U.S. and Canadian roads, General Motors believes joining forces with INRIX to make aggregated vehicle insights available to public agencies is a major step to help increase the safety of U.S. roads,” the automaker said in a press release.
While GM will provide much of the user data for this software, Inrix brings its own “deep understanding of the public sector,” GM says, along with a “proven ability to create advanced solutions for generating insights from vehicle and device data to make mobility smarter and safer.” This project is an offshoot of the GM Future Roads data platform project.
“This new collaboration between General Motors and INRIX marks an important advancement in the mission to help local and tribal governments, metropolitan planning organizations and other road authorities achieve their safety goals through connected vehicle data innovation,” the automaker added.
GM’s press release specifically mentions that the recent passage of the $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Law includes about $5 billion in discretionary funds for the “Safe Streets and Roads for All,” grant program. This funding aims to counter the growing number of traffic incidents by supporting new traffic safety-oriented projects. To this end, GM and Inrix “provide a tool to help make data-driven decisions, maximize safety benefits of infrastructure spend and provide valuable insights to help support safe roadways and communities,” the two companies claim.
GM and Inrix will offer some more information on this new SaaS product during its upcoming “Safer Roads Start with Better Data,” webinar, which will be held on May 17th. Interested parties can sign up for the webinar via Inrix’s website at this link.