General Motors and INRIX Inc., the mobility analytics and connected car services provider, announced a collaboration to develop safety solutions to help transportation and planning agencies achieve road safety goals.
Available first in the US, Safety View by GM Future Roads and INRIX is a cloud-based application that provides transportation officials with critical insights using crash, vehicle and vulnerable road user (VRU) information, in addition to data from the US Census to help prioritise and measure the effectiveness of roadway safety projects and their impact on communities.
“General Motors has outlined a vision for a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion, and each day we take a critical step forward in turning that vision into reality,” said Alan Wexler, GM senior vice president, strategy and innovation. “Last year, we previewed GM Future Roads, the technology platform born from our innovation team, which uses data analytics to create insights to help support safe roadways and communities. Our work with INRIX is the first product of the GM Future Roads platform as we work to proactively create digital safety solutions. By offering a cutting-edge mobility analytics product, we’re helping public agencies make informed safety decisions for their communities.”
Initial estimates show that approximately 31,720 people died [in the US] in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the first nine months of 2021, up more than 12% compared to the same period in 2020. The data also shows this disconcerting trend has disproportionally impacted pedestrians and cyclists, which accounted for about 18% of all traffic fatalities, according to the Federal Highway Administration. Another 123,000 VRUs were injured in roadway crashes.
“With fatalities and injuries continuing to rise at an alarming rate in the US, we must change how we approach road safety, and both design and deliver new tools to combat this increase,” said Bryan Mistele, cofounder and CEO of INRIX. “This collaboration extends INRIX IQ – our SaaS-based platform for cities and road authorities – by providing access to powerful insights about roadways to improve safety for all road users.”
This article courtesy of Russell Thrall III, publisher CollisionWeek. Check out the website at: www.collisionweek.com.