Independent tests reveal floating car data is ‘as accurate as road sensors’

An independent quality test by the German State of Bavaria’s Centre for Traffic Management (ZVM) has found that floating car data (FCD) from INRIX is ‘just as good’ as the information from road sensors. The results indicate that the traffic authority can provide enhanced traffic information to citizens without the expense and time-consuming process of maintaining and installing additional road sensors.

ZVM selected Inrix to provide data and insights to reduce congestion across the state and commissioned this performance study as part of its quality management review of the data.

ZVM already uses a large network of road sensors for traffic management and information purposes, but wanted to improve the quality of real-time data provided to drivers, particularly for secondary roads where road sensors are installed at distances of up to 100km, creating blind spots in coverage.