Toyota has announced a new partnership with Weathernews that’ll involve its connected cars, specifically their windshield wiper data. By using this information and pairing it with existing weather data, Toyota aims to improve the accuracy of weather forecasts and help improve safety for drivers. The test is being conducted in Aichi, Tokyo, and Osaka.
A ‘verification test’ between the two companies kicked off on November 1, according to Toyota, which says data on the operation status of connected cars’ windshield wipers will be contrasted with weather information for the same area. Simply put, Toyota is keeping an eye on when windshield wipers are being used because that typically indicates that it is raining.
Though radar can be used to generally detect the weather, there may be instances of isolated rain showers in areas that can’t be picked up by traditional technology. By focusing on when windshield wipers are in operation, it may be possible to refine weather news and forecasts for areas, at least when it comes to rain showers.
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