Traffic Signs

Development of a traffic sign register including ad-hoc warnings if a traffic sign is damaged or even missing.

Ensure intelligent traffic flow and the basis for autonomous driving

From speed limits and right-of-way regulations to warnings of dangers – traffic signs are an essential part of our day to day lives. They contain safety-relevant information that ensures safe and smooth road traffic.

Traffic Sign recognition is one of the most important data products on the way to fully digitized roads and therefore a component of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). Traffic signs enhance road safety by informing the driver of speed limits, possible dangers such as icy roads, imminent road works or pedestrian crossings. With the "Traffic Signs" product of Mercedes-Benz Data, customers can monitor the state of the traffic sign infrastructure and conduct reviews and improvements digitally driven and efficient.


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Ready-to-use Data Dashboard

This data product is available as a data layer within the Mercedes-Benz Data Dashboard. Visit the product page for more information.

Data Points

Data point access of the API

The data product can be used for targeted and thus efficient maintenance of traffic signs as well as for any applications and innovations related to infrastructure.

  • Traffic Sign Type

  • Heading of Sign

  • Confidence level

  • Traffic Sign Shape

  • Time Stamp

  • Permanency (e.g. Static or LED sign)

  • Traffic Sign Value

  • GPS Position

The product

Learn more about our Traffic Signs Product

The Traffic Signs product can provide you with road sign data from the Mercedes-Benz vehicle fleet with drivers assistance packages based on the detection via the camera sensors.

Real-time monitoring of traffic sign infrastructure

Keep the traffic sign infrastructure updated, including for example speed limits and prohibition or danger signs. Over time you can evaluate the traffic sign quality by creating a traffic sign map.

Improving efficiency and planning

Road traffic departements, cities and communities can quickly identify inefficient or suddenly stolen traffic signs.

Improve road safety by quickly identifying missing traffic signs

Receive ad-hoc alerts as soon as traffic signs are damaged or even lost and thus prevent areas with a high accident potential.

How it works

Functions and features of the Traffic Signs Product

1. Data Collection

Mercedes-Benz vehicles are equipped with a high range of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) which support the driver and make the streets safer. This enables us to collect the traffic sign data through detection by the built in vehicle camera sensors. The sensors not only recognize the type, the value and the shape of the road sign but also the heading of the sign and the permanency (e.g. static or LED sign). Furthermore, the exact sign data is extended by the GPS position and the time stamp. The data is then sent over-the-air to the Mercedes-Benz vehicle backend where they are validated and aggregated via our proprietary algorithm.

2. Analysis

To deliver result data in the highest accuracy we have developed our own algorithm. We aggregate individual measurements of the Mercedes-Benz vehicle fleet to ensure a high confidence level of our measurements. This aggregation of individual measurements enables us to correct the geo position of traffic signs to provide a high accuracy for the data points. We can then send ad-hoc notifications, if a traffic sign is damaged or even missing.

Camera sensors in the Mercedes-Benz vehicle fleet record traffic signs and, with the drivers' consent, pass on the data to the Mercedes-Benz backend.

Frequently asked questions

Here you can find a collection of questions we’ve been asked by our customers.

How do you protect personal data?

We only use data from customers who provided their consent to sharing their anonymized data for this specific use case. The customer can withdraw anytime from this consent. Furthermore, we anonymize the data by deleting all personal information as soon as the data comes into our backend. Find out more about how we protect our customers' data on our data handling page.

Does the customer need additional hard- or software to share their data?

All the customer needs is a compatible Mercedes-Benz vehicle and an active Mercedes me account.

From which countries do you provide the data?

The large networked Mercedes-Benz vehicle fleet provides a good basis to cover many regions worldwide.


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