INITIATIVE: Identifying Near Misses with Transformational Analytics

Of all the components that go into community revitalization, road safety is the centerpiece. Access to daily necessities like food and healthcare is reliant on individuals being able to travel.

Investments in road safety and design are increasingly benefiting from innovative data collection and analytic tools. In a first-of-its-kind near-miss study conducted in Bellevue, WA, 360-degree, high-definition traffic cameras revealed important analytics about drivers, such as the fact that 50% of drivers drove 11 or more miles per hour over the speed limit. Data like this allows governments and companies to create safer road policies, and predict future transportation risks.

Near-Miss Study in Bellevue, WA

Speeding motorcyclists were responsible for more close-call crashes than anyone else on the road.

How did the city of Bellevue, WA find this out?

We conducted the first-of-its-kind near-miss study* using transformational analytics that unearthed fascinating data that is visually represented below. Our groundbreaking near-miss to fatality and serious injury comparison was a new way to use predictive analytics at scale in road safety. The work revealed a positive correlation between near misses and collisions, predicting the likelihood of future crashes.

Bellevue uses AI to identify road problems

The project used data supplied from the city?s network of 360-degree, high-definition traffic cameras at 40 selected intersections. Transoft Solutions collected traffic volumes, road user speeds, and near-crash traffic conflict indicators from the video feeds. They then used advanced artificial intelligence algorithms and video analytics to process, analyze and identify safety issues at the intersections.

This project came about from the City of Bellevue?s own Vision Zero initiatives, which align with Transoft Solutions? road safety analysis technology, and Together for Safer Roads? innovative coalition that brings together organizations to collaborate on improving road safety.

Developing Trends Facing the Transportation Profession

The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), a community of transportation professionals, recently released the 2021 edition of their thought leadership report, “Developing Trends Facing the Transportation Profession.”

The report aims to give insight into the transportation complexities that can guide the profession?s discussions on implementing new solutions and re-evaluating traditional approaches.

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