Who hasn't experienced this? You check the weather app and realize that the actual weather at your current location differs from the information on the smartphone app. But what is the reason for the inaccurate information? In Germany, for example, common weather service providers usually only use data from static weather stations, which of course do not cover the entire city or region exactly. This lack of accuracy affects the safety of road users, as road conditions depend on local weather conditions.
In order to increase the accuracy of information on local weather and road conditions we developed the Micro Weather data product which uses the Mercedes-Benz vehicle fleet as “moving weather stations”. The product collects multiple pieces of anonymized information about the current weather situation and makes it available via Pull API on GPS level. The data mapped on defined road sections is validated and aggregated via a specially developed algorithm.
Think ahead and improve your weather-related use cases by incorporating the near real-time information on micro weather and road conditions generated by the Mercedes-Benz vehicle fleet.
Whether cities and municipalities or providers of navigation, weather or car sharing services: the data set of the Micro Weather API is the perfect complement to the data of static weather stations to successfully compensate for their limited locality. The following data points are available:
The Micro Weather dataset provides our customers with accurate insights into temperature, rain intensity and road conditions at the most local level. This allows data from static weather stations to be optimized by the Mercedes-Benz vehicle fleet.
The detection can be broken down into the smallest road sections – and conclusions about road conditions can be quickly drawn from rapidly changing weather conditions. In addition, the weather data is updated every 15 minutes.
The transmitted data is relevant for evaluations & analyses regarding the most local weather and road conditions. The product provides highly accurate weather data based on an intelligent algorithm that we developed using high-resolution measurement technology over more than 100,000 km of driving. Of course, the large connected Mercedes-Benz vehicle fleet offers an enhancive base for covering many regions worldwide.
Data is always transferred anonymized and only from vehicles for which there is a consent from the vehicle owner.
The API’s insight on temperature is obtained via the temperature sensors outside the vehicle. The rain intensity is detected via the windscreen wipers once they are set in the automatic mode. This allows us to get a clear indication whether the rain intensity is high, medium, low or not present. The road condition (e.g. slippery or dry) is an aggregated data point of temperature, rain intensity and additionally solar intensity. Finally, a confidence level gives a sense of how reliable our aggregated data is.
The collection of data from Mercedes-Benz vehicles takes place every 120 seconds, provided the driver has given active consent. The weather data is anonymized and validated in the Mercedes-Benz Cloud and then visualized via Mercedes-Benz Data Dashboard or as an API integrated into an existing application.
Here you can find a collection of questions we’ve been asked by our customers.
All data is coming from the Mercedes-Benz customer fleet (Passenger Car and Van). Data will be provided if the purpose of the data usage fits with the Mercedes-Benz Data Vision to create with data a greater good.
Yes, we can provide the data products for several countries. Please check out the product detail page on Mercedes-Benz /developers to get an overview about the data coverage per country for this product.
Due to antitrust law and data protection, we cannot share exact figures of vehicles driving around. We could offer you to check the numbers of data points in a defined period.
Our goal as Mercedes-Benz Data is to pave the way for a data-driven automotive world. Always with the focus on providing our customers the greatest added value through new, personalized services. That’s why we work together with selected partners always under protection of the customer rights.
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