In the past five years, a high number of people have lost their lives in flooding events in Texas, often when operating a vehicle. Recent examples include multiple casualties in September 2019 in the Houston-Beaumont area, though this is a recurring problem in most areas of Texas, the USA and the world.
An overwhelming majority of these cases are due to human error (misjudging vehicle abilities to cross a flooded road), or due to the lack of information (for example during high rain, low visibility or night conditions). Our sensors can be used to track flooding events in cities and surrounding high risk areas. This information can be displayed the car infotainment system as a flood area, and used to warn users in real time. It can also be used to automatically reroute the car around the dangerous areas. Furthermore, the connected-vehicle data can be used to track the car position in case of non-compliance, and connect to the user to recommend them to stop.