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BMW shares worldwide travel data to aid smart city planning

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BMW Group has signed a deal with Otonomo, the automotive data services provider, to share its anonymised crowd data collected from sensors on its vehicles to help smart cities inform future infrastructure policy.

The Otonomo Automotive Data Services Platform takes data from BMW and Minis in over 44 countries to identify parking trends, content and location of road signs, real-time traffic information and local hazard areas and dangerous road conditions.

Otonomo said the data from the sensors on the latest BMW products will also help inform mapping services and municipal maintenance and road optimisation.

The Israeli firm was already working to support personal services for BMW and Mini connected vehicles globally, but has extended this relationship to be able to offer data to support solutions to reduce city congestion and improve the driver experience.

Ben Volkow, Otonomo founder and chief executive, said: “Otonomo has long focused on building an ecosystem around car data that is open to many parties and inclusive for many use cases.”

BMW Group road sign data, traffic data, ultrasonic sensor data, and hazard data are now available to service providers who are registered on the Otonomo Platform. The company is also adding data from other manufacturers through the system.

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