TomTom says its collaboration with the European Commission-backed Data for Road Safety initiative has resulted in a ready-to-deploy system to warn drivers about dangerous driving conditions.

Automakers, Tier 1 suppliers, road traffic authorities, EU member states and location technology providers, partnered on a proof of concept (POC) between June and October, 2020.

They have now signed a multi-party agreement (MPA) committing to the long-term, reciprocal exchange of data in order to make roads safer.

Using connected car technologies, vehicles can detect and warn occupants about dangerous road conditions; for example, when roads are slippery. These warnings can also be beneficial to other drivers, automated-driving vehicles and road operators.

In the POC, vehicle-generated data, along with infrastructure information, was shared using a decentralised data collaboration architecture. TomTom took these datasets, processing and delivering them back to other vehicles via its live Traffic services and to road authorities.

“Accidents and other safety-critical events happen fast, making it a real challenge to warn drivers in time,” said TomTom VP Traffic and Travel, Ralf-Peter Schäfer.

“With this safety-focused collaboration, we’ve been able to prove a reciprocal exchange of data can power services that help solve this issue; delivering comprehensive hazard notifications to drivers, faster than ever before.”

TomTom has adopted the available information which will be integrated in its consumer and in-vehicle applications.

In addition, the available data will be one of the sources used to power the newly-developed Hazard Warnings service, which will be in the first road vehicles in 2021.

TomTom Hazard Warnings features what the supplier says is an industry-first low-latency push service, that sends detected hazard alerts to a vehicle in less than five seconds.