Bareways Road Condition
Detailed Surface Type Information
80% of all roads world-wide are unpaved, and even paved roads may be in bad shape. Asphalt and concrete are standard materials for roads in metropolitan areas and the main routes, but there are few states world-wide where minor roads are of the same quality. Gravel, dirt, sand, and various mixtures thereof are ubiquitous in rural areas. The providers of navigation systems, mobility services, and logistics are well aware that the road surface type strongly affects the safety and estimated time of arrival. Still, they lack data and means to acquire accurate surface information. We provide a data layer to give the mobility service access to precise road surface type information.
Poor quality roads suffer more from seasonal weather than frequently maintained highway roads. Thus, a single parameter cannot capture the variety of conditions we may face on the same road throughout a year, during the rainfall period, or when ice is melting. We gathered data on the variability of road conditions depending on the weather and provided an API to predict the local weather conditions.
Smoothing The Way
Typically, state authorities classify a road according to national standardization schemes into highways, primary roads, secondary roads, or other local naming schemes. However, a primary road can be a major asphalt highway in northern America or just a gravel road in central Africa. Therefore, we provide access to vehicle sensor recordings to assess roads’ smoothness worldwide to allow a more realistic road quality classification.
In many countries, static traffic signs are placed on main routes where frequent hazards are known, such as animal crossings, slippery roads, or falling rocks. However, these static signs provide only a very coarse estimate of the true risk and are seldom updated, especially in rural areas. We have put together a comprehensive database of road safety information covering historical crash data, landslides, floodings, civil warnings, and other emergencies. Additionally, we provide access to crowd-sourced incident data from users of our Navigation App.