NIRA Dynamics, a firm known best in the tyre industry for its indirect TPMS systems, has announced plans to expands its cloud solution in order to “create new possibilities for tomorrow’s autonomous cars”.
For an autonomous car to know what distance it must keep to the car in front of it, it needs information about the current road conditions. If the vehicle is also aware of the road surface quality, risks are reduced even further. That’s where NIRA Dynamics and the firm’s Road Surface Information software come in. This software combined with NIRA’s Cloud cloud-based solution are said to enable just that. And now, in cooperation with Infocar, the company is taking the next step in the rollout of the solution.
Road Surface Information continuously monitors the quality of the road surface, detecting changing road conditions, pits and pot-holes, and different levels of road roughness. Because the software makes use of the car’s existing sensors to draw conclusions about the road conditions, no additional hardware is required, making it a cost-efficient solution.
In order to meet the growing interest in advanced driver assistance features, the software has been further developed to be able to collect relevant road data via the car’s OBD interface. Last winter, approximately 10,000km of road data was gathered this way, and in the summer of 2016, NIRA, in cooperation with Infocar AB, will be upping the collection rate to 24,000km of road data – per day!
Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Sweden, NIRA Dynamics focuses on “sensor fusion”, offering software products and services to the global vehicle industry. Customers include Audi, Fiat, Renault, Seat, Skoda, Volkswagen and Volvo Cars.