Austin is joining select cities and transportation agencies around the world to pilot a new autonomous vehicle deployment platform called INRIX AV Road Rules. Connected car services and transportation analytics provider INRIX announced the platform today as a foundation for cities and road authorities to communicate with operators for the safe and effective deployment of highly automated vehicles on public roads.
“This pilot is a major step forward in Austin’s efforts to use technology to help solve our most pressing transportation issues,” said Jason JonMichael, Austin Transportation Assistant Director for Smart Mobility. “We’re excited to participate in the INRIX AV Road Rules program to foster more efficient and accurate data sharing between autonomous vehicles, their data providers and Austin Transportation. This will help us realize Austin’s autonomous future in the safest, most effective and most efficient way possible.”
Austin Transportation, through its Smart Mobility Program, seeks to foster creative, mutually beneficial partnerships to carry out real-world testing of smart mobility technology, such as shared, autonomous, connected and electric vehicles. Recent efforts include cooperation with Capital Metro and RATP Dev USA to pilot autonomous transit in Austin and participation in the Texas Innovation Alliance’s statewide automated vehicle procurement. Austin’s Smart Mobility Roadmap lays out a proactive and deliberate approach to new mobility that will ensure an equitable, affordable, prosperous and data-driven future.
INRIX AV Road Rules is the first platform that enables cities and road authorities to assign, validate and manage traffic rules and restrictions for autonomous vehicles operating on public roads. The platform also leverages highly automated vehicle data from roads to report infrastructure improvement needs, making the roads safer for all users.
“If deployed correctly, autonomous vehicles will radically improve our transportation systems, making them safer, more efficient and higher quality,” said Avery Ash, head of autonomous mobility at INRIX. “After talking to hundreds of cities, states and federal officials, and dozens of highly automated vehicle operators, we identified a critical data gap that INRIX is uniquely positioned to address. INRIX AV Road Rules marks an essential new tool for transportation agencies to lay a foundation for the safe operation of highly automated vehicles on public roads.”
INRIX AV Road Rules enables cities and road authorities to quickly and easily digitize local restrictions such as speed limits, crosswalks, school zones and stop signs, allowing automakers and highly automated vehicle operators to ensure vehicles comply with local guidelines. The platform also creates a channel to communicate road infrastructure needs from highly automated vehicles back to transportation agencies, which improves safety and performance for all road users.
At launch, seven cities and road authorities and four highly automated vehicle operators have signed on to support INRIX AV Road Rules, and many more have expressed interest in joining when it expands later this year. The initial set of pilot users includes cities and road authorities with a variety of sizes, climates and geographies: Austin, Texas; Boston, Mass.; Cambridge, Mass.; Portland, Maine; Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, which includes Las Vegas; Transport for West Midlands and Transport Scotland in the U.K. Automakers and operators slated to use the platform at launch include: Jaguar Land Rover, May Mobility, nuTonomy (an Aptiv company) and operators running Renovo’s Aware platform.