For those wondering how Mobileye Data Services is able to produce up-to-date, accurate GIS-compatible information to DOTs, road operators, utilities and businesses, we’ve put together an FAQ addressing some common questions about our revolutionary new method of data collection.
1) How does Mobileye collect data?
Mobileye is reinventing the way roadside data is collected. This method is based on the Mobileye’s 20+ years' experience in the field of safety and autonomous vehicle technology. Our vehicle-mounted, camera-based system Mobileye 8 Connect™, which can be retrofitted to almost any vehicle, scans the road and uses AI technology to report on roadside assets – their location, dimension details and more. This method of data collection can provide accurate information far more efficiently than systems currently in use and empowers asset owners to collect data on their assets without the need for survey crews or specialized vehicles. This data is also collected by many vehicles with built-in Mobileye ADAS systems in hundreds of new car models worldwide.
2) What data is collected?
Mobileye Data Services collects a wide variety of roadside information, including road markings, road slope, traffic signs, potholes, road cracking, traffic flow, near-miss incidents, harsh braking and harsh cornering ratio plus much, much more.
3) How often is the data collected?
Because this data is collected by Mobileye-equipped vehicles on their everyday journeys, this information is updated on a recurring basis. This gives organizations an accurate and up-to-date picture of their roadside assets, road quality, traffic flow and mobility information, updated anywhere from monthly to near real-time, based on the plan and where available.
4) Does this entail videos being uploaded to the cloud?
Although our system is camera-based, videos are not uploaded to the cloud. We are the world experts in extracting information from cameras. Using computer vision technology, our system scans the road and roadside, and extracts only the relevant information, turning it into highly compressed semantic information. These packets of information are then uploaded to the Mobileye cloud, where they are processed, and converted to GIS-compatible information. Each packet of road segment data is very small, averaging around 10KB per km.
5) Why is this important?
The information collected by Mobileye-equipped vehicles and process by Mobileye Data Services is critical for local governments, road operators, utilities and other organizations. Being able to access this information in a timely manner can be the difference between a small expenditure and budget busting repairs. Some examples are:
- Rapidly and efficiently creating and maintaining an accurate digital inventory of your organization’s assets
- Being able to repair roads before they need major reconstruction
- Saving time and money by knowing the exact location of manholes and drainage grates
- Using maps representing areas where vehicles nearly missed collisions to locate dangerous road segments and repair infrastructure before collisions occur
- Locating and improving sections of road where traffic is slowing down