In his latest blog, iMAAP Product Owner Raj Mohan highlights the importance of data in improving road safety.
Recently, as a Product Owner for one of the products in the road safety area, I had the opportunity to participate in a Road Safety Data User Group meeting in Birmingham organised by TRL.
It was a fantastic experience connecting with experts in person rather than on teams, to discuss insightful data and facts about road safety. The meeting included individuals from various backgrounds, including government officials, law enforcement officers, TRL researchers, and product teams working across TRL in this area. The focus of the meeting was to explore how data can be used to improve road safety and gather insights into the field.
One of the most crucial takeaways from the meeting was the need for accurate and reliable road safety data. Without good data, it is challenging to identify patterns and trends and make informed decisions about road safety policies and practices. We discussed the importance of collecting data on several factors, including road conditions, driver behaviour, vehicle safety features, and weather conditions. During the product demonstration, we highlighted how TRL’s world leading road safety management platform iMAAP, can record and analyse data to generate valuable insights and how these insights then can be used to implement countermeasures aimed at reducing collisions in specific areas. We also discussed how telematics and other data sources can be integrated into iMAAP and bring more value to the product. iMAAP has to date saved over 25,000 lives around the world, and I’m extremely proud to work with a software product that creates safer road networks.
Another essential topic of discussion was the need for better data sharing and collaboration. Different organizations collect road safety data, but often this data is not shared, leading to duplication of effort and inconsistencies in the data. This is an area where TRL’s road safety research, combined with our products, can produce a valuable solution to address the situation.
As road safety concerns continue to rise, understanding the cause of accidents and how to prevent them has become increasingly important. Crash investigations play a critical role in this process, providing valuable insights into the events leading up to a crash and identifying contributing factors. But what is the key to a successful crash investigation? According to my colleague Victoria Eyers, Senior Consultant (Safety Services Team, TRL) the answer lies in observation.
During her presentation at the user group, she highlighted the critical role that observation plays in crash investigation. She emphasized the importance of collaborating closely with investigators and lawyers to ensure that all relevant observations are documented and analysed. Her responsibility includes providing expertise in the analysis of evidence, sequence of events, and contributing factors that led to the crash.
Observations are essential in this process, as they offer valuable insights and evidence necessary for a thorough and precise investigation. Her experience and expertise allow her to interpret the observations and provide informed conclusions and opinions on the accident’s cause. Ms. Eyers’ presentation was not only insightful but also fascinating for the user group attendees as it reinforced the different areas that TRL supports in road safety.
Overall, the user group was optimistic about the future of road safety. Through collaboration and data sharing, we can uncover valuable insights that can lead to more effective road safety policies and practices. By prioritising the use of data in our decision-making, we can work towards creating safer roads for all. With a continued commitment to this effort, we can make considerable progress in improving road safety and reducing the number of collisions on our roads thereby saving lives. Onwards and upwards!
TRL provides a holistic systems-thinking approach to Road Safety with a range of products and services that prevent, reduce, investigate, analyse and provide advice on road collisions. For a demo of iMAAP or to find out more on how TRL can make your road network safer drop us a line at email@example.com