Country for PR: United Kingdom
Contributor: PR Newswire Europe
Tuesday, February 13 2018 - 19:00
NIRA Dynamics AB: Norway Invests in Safer Winter Roads Using Connected Cars
LINKOPING, Sweden, Feb. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/--

         Norway Invests in Safer Winter Roads Using Connected Cars

    The Norwegian road authority Norska Statens Vegvesen invests in new 
technology for winter road prognosis from Klimator and NIRA Dynamics, Road 
Status Information. RSI is a software which through advanced algorithms 
combines the data from connected vehicles with information from roadside 
weather stations and weather forecasts. That makes connected vehicles rolling 
weather stations which transmit various signals including current road friction 
which is the key to determine local road grip.

(Logo: )

(Photo: )

    RSI manages to determine the road grip conditions in real time with high 
precision and creates accurate 12h forecasts. This enables an increased safety 
on wintery roads, a significant environmental benefit and cost savings through 
the more efficient use of winter service resources (road salt consumption, 
driven miles in salt trucks, etc.).

    "This technology quantum leap is overdue in the business to make use of new 
opportunities and meet the road users' expectations. We have tested the new 
technology and are confident that RSI is the best performing solution," 
explains Torgeir Vaa from Norska Statens Vegvesen.

    The vehicles are connected via NIRA-developed OBD-dongles and register 
current position, ambient temperature, wiper activity and road friction. It 
takes only a few minutes to equip a vehicle and shortly after, the data is 
continuously available on the RSI-server.

    "We are inspired by our successful tire pressure monitoring system which is 
installed in over 40 million vehicles around the world. A few years from now, 
OBD-dongles will be replaced by small software modules standard-fitted into 
connected vehicles," adds Gustav Kristiansson, Manager New Technologies at NIRA 

    The project started in January 2018 in Tromsö and there is much interest in 
the new technology. More than 300 private car owners have registered their 
vehicles to participate.

    "We have not been expecting such a resonance," admits Torgeir Vaa. "The 
plan was to have only about 50 OBD units for private volunteers, but we are 
very happy about this level of acceptance. The remaining OBD-dongles will be 
fitted into taxis, rental cars and delivery vehicles with varying use patterns 
- we expect very interesting winter months."

    Due to much international interest, RSI will also be presented at the PIARC 
fair in February, one of the biggest meetings points for winter service 
specialists worldwide.

    About RSI.

    RSI - Road Status Information is a connected software to measure and 
predict road grip. It is in use at several Swedish winter services already, but 
could also be used by the police, fire brigade or logistic companies and for 
the planning of special transports. RSI is developed by Klimator, a technology 
startup from the University of Gothenburg, and NIRA Dynamics, a software 
supplier to the automotive industry.

    Contact: Johan Hagg

Source: NIRA Dynamics AB