Inrix has launched a software platform that allows cities and road authorities to digitise, manage and communicate local rules on the roadway at the curb and on the sidewalk.

The company launched the Road Rules pilot in 2018. Since then, 11 cities and road authorities have signed on to implement Inrix Road Rules and are digitising their infrastructure and restrictions.

In addition to a digital roadway rulebook for automated driving systems (ADS), the platform includes support for guidelines that enable mobility options such as loading zones and parking restrictions for transportation network companies (TNCs), dockless bike/scooter zones, as well as city infrastructure such as fire hydrants and EV charging stations.

Road Rules features a simplified design, revamped user experience and clear work-flows, making it easy for road authorities to digitise and manage transportation rules.

It uses open and standardised data, leveraging the National Association of City Transportation Official’s SharedStreets project to deliver open and interoperable data.

The Road Rules open platform allows sharing of critical information with ADS and other roadway users, encouraging innovation and safe, efficient mobility deployment.

The users include cities and road authorities in Austin, Texas; Boston, Massachusetts; Detroit, Michigan; Portland, Maine; and Calgary in Alberta, Canada. In addition, users cover the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, which includes Las Vegas. While in the UK, users comprise Transport for West Midlands and Transport Scotland in the UK, alongside Turin in Italy.

Four ADS operators also have agreed to adopt the road rules authored by the cities. Automakers and operators who will use data include Jaguar Land Rover, May Mobility, Aptiv company nuTonomy and operators running Renovo’s Aware platform.

Inrix has played a key role in connecting cities with cars for over a decade and is now helping cities connect with the transportation options of the future through Inrix Road Rules.

Inrix head of autonomous mobility Avery Ash said: “Today’s cities are facing an identity crisis, they are working with 20th-century transportation tools but are facing 21st-century challenges.

“By providing a framework to bridge the data gap between cities, road users and mobility providers, including automated driving systems, INRIX helps cities remain in the driver’s seat for managing transportation.”