Driving is dangerous. Each year there are more than 6 million crashes in the United States resulting in over 2 million injuries. According to government figures, motor vehicle crashes cost our economy at least $240 billion a year.
The good news is that the majority of crashes are avoidable. Driver error accounts for 94% of all crashes. Drivers make similar mistakes under similar circumstances, so most crashes happen in the same places and for the same reasons that other crashes have already occurred.
WatchOut helps your customers drive safer by providing detailed information on driving hazards that repeatedly cause crashes.
Alert drivers to hazards
Use our API to find nearby crash hotspots. Alert your customers to hazards such as sharp turns, slowing traffic, pedestrians, children playing, low clearance, or one of more than forty unique hazard types.
Hazard alerts can be integrated into vehicle infotainment systems, mobile apps, telematics hardware, and other existing location-aware technology.
Hazard information can also be used to postpone driver distractions such as text messages, notifications, and calls at critical moments.
Build safer navigation
Knowing where crashes occur makes it possible to create safer routes for drivers. Route safety is a function of not only start and destination locations, but also time of day, season, traffic, and weather conditions.
Safer routes significantly reduce crash risk.
Safer routes are often achievable with minimal impact to travel time.
Enhance autonomous vehicles
Automatically take the safest route given the time of day, traffic, and weather conditions.
Prepare vehicle for expected hazards ahead such as pedestrians, cyclists, and deer.
Simulate and train at known hazard locations.
Test vehicles in the most hazardous areas before launching in a new region.
Reduce micromobility risk
Use dedicated modes in our API to find crash hotspots involving cyclists and pedestrians.
Help micromobility customers stay safe by warning them as they approach hotspots.
Optimize insurance pricing
Two people can live in the same city and drive the same distance to work each day, but one of them may have a significantly more dangerous commute.
Optimize insurance prices based on actual routes traveled. Achieve accurate risk calculation for a trip factoring in the time of day it’s taken as well as traffic and weather conditions.
Suggest alternative safer routes to customers to reduce their risk and cost.
Provide hazard details
Our API returns dozens of interesting details for each hazard.
Find its type, its danger level, how many crashes its caused, how many injuries its led to, its daily traffic count, and much more.
Get the location of the hazard as well as one or more regions representing the alert area for the hazard. The alert area is calculated using custom algorithms factoring in road geometry, hazard type, speed limits, reaction time, and more.
Understand the effects of weather and traffic
Discover where weather conditions such as snow, fog, wind, and rain cause crashes.
Discover where traffic causes crashes.
Combine real-time weather and traffic information with data from the WatchOut API to create alerts and safe routes specific to current weather and traffic.
Create a more dynamic service
Hazards are highly variable. Their danger level changes based on time of day, day of week, season, traffic, and weather conditions.
Use these changes to make your product more dynamic and engaging for customers. Drivers will use dynamic navigation more often, even for destinations they know well.
Use our API to get all hazards or only those that are dangerous now.
Cloud-hosted performance-optimized scalable service
- Use rank to identify riskiest hazards
- Get all hazards within a region
- Get currently active hazards by distance and heading
- Get currently active hazards by road or road -type
- Get detailed data for a hazard
- Advanced filtering
Note: Data can be made available for offline use upon request.