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. We analyze historical crash data with machine learning to identify where these errors are most likely to occur.
WatchOut helps your customers drive safer by providing the location and details of driving hazards that repeatedly cause crashes.
Alert drivers to hazards
Use our API to find nearby crash hazards. 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.
Improve fleet safety
Crashes are a significant safety and economic risk to businesses today. According to the CDC “motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of work related deaths in the United States”.
Fleet drivers often drive more miles than non-fleet drivers and bear substantially higher risk. The annual accident rate for commercial fleets is around 20%. Current estimates put the average cost of a crash to a fleet owner at $70,000.
Integrating WatchOut technology into fleet management systems enables fleet managers to plan safer routes, train drivers about hazardous areas along their route, and dynamically alert drivers as they approach hazards.
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.
Reduce micromobility risk
Use dedicated modes in our API to find hazards for cyclists and pedestrians.
Help micromobility customers stay safe by warning them as they approach hazardous areas.
Create a more dynamic service
Hazards are highly variable. Their danger level changes based on weather, traffic, time of day, day of week, and season.
Combine real-time weather and traffic information with data from the WatchOut API to create alerts and safer routes specific to current time, weather, and traffic 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.
Engage customer curiosity
Our API returns dozens of useful details for each hazard.
Understand where it causes crashes, why it causes crashes, and when it’s most likely to cause crashes. Learn if the likelihood of a crash is trending up or down over time. Find out if crashes due to the hazard are likely to result in injuries.
In addition to the location of the hazard get 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.
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.