Traffic and navigation solutions provider TomTom has collaborated with the European Commission-backed Data for Road Safety initiative.

As a result of the partnership, they developed a ready-to-deploy system to flag dangerous driving conditions to drivers.

Between June and October of this year, automakers, Tier 1 suppliers, road traffic authorities, EU member states and location technology providers joined forces for the development of a proof of concept (POC).

The collaborators have inked a multi-party agreement (MPA) to commit towards data exchange for improving road safety.

With the connected car technologies, the vehicles can identify and alert their occupants regarding dangerous road conditions.

The POC involved the exchange of vehicle-generated data and infrastructure information leveraging a decentralised data collaboration architecture.

TomTom gathered these datasets and processed them and then provided them to other vehicles through its live traffic services, as well as to road authorities.

TomTom Traffic and Travel vice-president Ralf-Peter Schäfer said: “Accidents and other safety-critical events happen fast, making it a real challenge to warn drivers in time.

“With this safety-focused collaboration, we have been able to prove that a reciprocal exchange of data can power services that help solve this issue, delivering comprehensive hazard notifications to drivers faster than ever before.”

In a separate development, German toll services provider tolltickets has unveiled plans to offer integrated tolling services for its partner companies in a bid to boost its existing footprint.

Tolltickets, a subsidiary of Kapsch TrafficCom, has announced support for Ford’s new Marketplace feature and will offer access to its tolling services for Ford customers.

The Marketplace services will be offered under the FordPass Pro smartphone app and can be availed by fleets of around five vehicles.

Owners will be able to avail the remote control and convenience features on the app, as well as the available partnerships and offer details.

Kapsch TrafficCom CEO Georg Kapsch said: “The tolling market will change fundamentally in the coming years and we are seeing a continuous transition to app-based solutions. For Kapsch, business-to-business partnerships will be increasingly important for offering integrated services to end users.

“That is why I am really proud that a renowned car manufacturer like Ford is relying on the knowhow of tolltickets in delivering tolling services. This partnership is a success in our new strategy of expanding our existing core business areas of tolling and traffic management with tolling services and demand management.”