A Weather App for Truckers

A group of Oklahoma University students is using National Weather Center data to develop SIREN, a web-based app that calculates the risk of an accident based on weather conditions. It also sends weather alerts to truckers’ in-cabin computer systems.

The app uses data on every weather-related accident over the past 40 years to determine which conditions are most dangerous, as well as weather forecast data from the National Weather Center in Norman. The group found that one in 24 trucks will get in a weather-related accident a year, and that each accident costs companies about $132,000 on average.