The data that sensors in modern cars gather contain important information about the quality of the road surfaces or weather and traffic conditions. Therefore it is valuable information for road authorities concerning the maintenance of the infrastructure. The province Noord-Brabant (Provincie Noord-Brabant), Beijer Automotive B.V. and programme SmartwayZ.NL have decided to collaborate to deploy this data to make road management in Brabant ‘smart’.
Modern passenger cars contain a lot of sensors to make driving safe and comfortable. By gathering the data of sensors in passenger cars, an additional source for valuable information becomes available. This includes, amongst others, information about the quality of the road surface. On the 21st of June Gertjan Koolen, program manager SmartwayZ.nl, Ronald de Beijer, director of Beijer Automotive B.V. and owner of Vetuda® and Bart Swaans, program manager Traffic and Transport province Noord-Brabant signed an implementation agreement. Ronald de Beijer: At this moment there are already hundreds of thousands of cars implemented with our technology in the Netherlands. With the driver’s permission we can connect the information of the sensors to our system Vetuda®. By matching and analysing the data we can use the information as a valuable ”by-product”. In this collaboration we are going to investigate how the information from Vetuda® should be used exactly so that it offers the most value for better maintenance of the road network.
Smart digital asset management
The Vetuda®-platform is based on patented technology and is built on the Microsoft Azure Platform to process the data of millions of passenger cars. The platform bundles data from vehicles and translates this to usable information. With this collaboration between the parties, the solutions of Vetuda® can be tested in the experimental testing environment of SmartwayZ.NL in the region Helmond-Eindhoven-Tilburg. Bart Swaans: “This information can make it possible for us as road authority to maintain our roads in a much more efficient way. In the research phase we want to investigate the quality of the vehicle data, if we can intervene more accurately because of it and if the data truly ensures cost reductions. This way of ‘smart’ or ‘digital asset management’ is a first for the province. Have a look at www.vetuda.com for more information.
SmartwayZ.NL is an innovative mobility programme where the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, Rijkswaterstaat, the provinces Noord-Brabant and Limburg, several municipalities, companies and knowledge institutions cooperate on the smoothest, safest, smartest and most robust mobility network of the Netherlands. For today’s journey and tomorrow’s world. The SmartwayZ.NL mobility programme comprises eight related sub-projects and focusses on the corridor Breda-Venlo (A58, A2, A67), the A2 Weert-Eindhoven, the N279 Veghel-Asten and the area of south-east Brabant. Have a look at www.smartwayz.nl for more information.