Big Data and AI Make a Step Change in Road Safety

Stockholm, 17 February 2020 – iRAP 2020 Innovation Workshop, co-hosted by the International Transport Forum and World Bank Global Road Safety Facility, an official side event of the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety brought together highest-level leaders of global and regional consultation, government, policy, financing, technology, infrastructure management, and data innovation to focus on the global priorities for achieving UN Road Safety Targets 3 and 4 to save lives. The Sessions probed the global structure needed to deliver the 2030 targets, how to harness the power of big data to save lives, global planning and design standards, safer cities and journeys for vulnerable road users, and investment innovation.

Mrs Lina Konstantinopoulou, EuroRAP Secretary-General, addressed the audience and moderated the Big Data and AI Make a Step Change in Safety session by highlighting the amazing opportunities big data presents for saving lives on the road.

The first part of the Big Data Panel session focused on 3 introductory presentations by Monica Olyslagers (iRAP), Veronica Raffo (World Bank) and Stephen Perkins (ITF) and the second part of the session focused on “How Can Big Data and AI Make a Step Change in Safety?”.

Steve Phillips, CEDR Director General, kicked off the “How Can Big Data and AI Make a Step Change in Safety?” panel by outlining the key challenges to improve safety of the existing road infrastructure. Willem Strijbosch, TomTom Head of Autonomous Driving, described the potential of Big Data to improve road safety as well the promising big data analytics and real time maps applications to empower autonomous driving. Eric-Mark Huitema, ACEA Director-General, gave a short presentation on ACEA’s automated driving roadmap, outlining that automation and connectivity could deliver distinctively different benefits and mobility solutions for both society and road safety as well the steps for the infrastructure roll out. Sigrid de Vries, CLEPA Secretary-General, put the emphasis on making data available in order to ensure interoperability of data to create “readable roads”, one of the policy priorities of the CLEPA “Future as we move. Shaping solutions for mobility”, which presents a vision of the European automotive suppliers’ sector on the future of mobility.  Ferry Smith, EuroRAP Chairman, presented how the EuroRAP protocols are enabled by Big Data reviewing how roads rate, as well as how road users fare on them globally and by country and their potential to support authorities in the EC Directive on Road infrastructure management. He has also described the need for both digital and physical attributes to support “readable roads”.

The International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP), a global charity operating in more than 100 countries, launched the Vaccines for Safer Roads (fifth edition) during the 2020 Innovation Workshop, an official side event of the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety. Vaccines for Roads provides an interactive data analysis tool for, whilst outlining the road features that matter. The analysis reveals that 88% of travel is only 1-2 stars for pedestrians, 67% of travel is only 1-2 stars for motorcyclists, 86% of travel is only 1-2 stars for bicyclists, and 44% of travel is only 1-2 stars for vehicles. Vaccines for Roads combines big data insights with case studies of success and the Business Case for Safer Roads.  Achieving >75% of travel on 3-star or better roads by 2030 will save an estimated 467,00 lives every year and 100 million lives and serious injuries over the 20-year life of the treatments.

For more information, visit the Vaccines for Roads website or download the brochure.