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A platform connecting city and road authorities with autonomous vehicle operators has been launched by Inrix. This allows the assignation, validation and management of traffic rules and restrictions, via a quick and easy process to digitize local information such as speed limits, crosswalks, school zones or stop signs. Inrix AV Road Rules also enables HAVs (highly automated vehicles) to report issues and improvements needed in the infrastructure.

Avery Ash, Inrix head of autonomous mobility, explained in a statement: “After talking to hundreds of cities, states and federal officials, and dozens of HAV 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 HAVs on public roads.”

From launch, pilot users will include city and road authorities in Austin, Boston, Cambridge, Portland and Southern Nevada in the USA, plus Transport for West Midlands and Transport Scotland in the UK. Jaguar Land Rover, May Mobility, nuTonomy and operators running the Renovo Aware platform will also use it in a beta-testing programme.

Chris Holmes, connected and autonomous vehicle research senior manager, Jaguar Land Rover, added: “Self-driving vehicles are stimulating conversations globally, but they are in fact a very local challenge. Road conditions and layouts can vary drastically over a matter of miles and so it is vital that self-driving is facilitated collaboratively. Local traffic authorities play a significant role in this.”

-Farah Alkhalisi