Predicting Hazardous Road Conditions

Predicting Hazardous Road Conditions
Challenge: 

In a typical year, there are 1.25 million weather-related vehicle crashes in the U.S., 445,303 injuries, over 5,897 fatalities, and 554 million vehicle-hours of delay during poor weather/road conditions. Drivers need significantly improved information on pavement and weather hazards.

Solution: 

Connected Vehicle Technology – Pikalert®. With funding and support from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT), NCAR developed the Pikalert® Vehicle Data Translator that integrates vehicle-based measurements of the road and surrounding atmosphere with traditional weather data creating road and atmospheric hazard products for a variety of users. 

Benefits: 

It is anticipated that this system in the near future will be adopted by industry to push road hazard alerts to drivers in vehicles increasing safety.