General Motors Co. in Detroit and Inrix Inc. have announced that Safety View by GM Future Roads and Inrix, a cloud-based connected vehicle platform, is now available to transportation planners nationwide.
The application provides transportation officials with critical insights using crash, vehicle, vulnerable road user (VRU), and U.S. Census data to help prioritize and measure the effectiveness of roadway safety projects and their impact on communities.
“Safety View by GM Future Roads and INRIX represents an important part of our growing portfolio of data-driven software solutions and offers a glimpse into some of the innovative ways we can collaborate with the public sector to support safe roadways and communities,” says Alan Wexler, senior vice president of strategy and innovation at GM. “We are committed to creating shared value for society and our stakeholders as we aim to lead the industry transformation and bring digital safety solutions to market.”
Leveraging data analytics available through Safety View, Inrix Research published a new study analyzing the road network surrounding 27 Washington, D.C. schools with the goal of better understanding driving behaviors in school zones.
Findings from the new study demonstrate some of the real-time insights that can be gathered using Safety View’s analytics capabilities and datasets, which are customizable by geography.
Below are key insights from the Washington, D.C. study:
- Speeding and the number of crashes didn’t vary much between school zone and non-school zone streets, but the severity of crashes was marginally lowered where school zone designations were present.
- Traffic and school zone signs didn’t appear to have a large effect on slowing down speeding, according to a sample evaluation of signs.
- Speeding is more prevalent in school zones with higher percentages of students on free- or reduced-lunch programs.
“As we officially roll out Safety View to our customers, today’s study helps illustrate the critical insights the tool can provide to help improve roadway safety in our communities,” says Bryan Mistele, co-founder and CEO of Inrix. “The bipartisan infrastructure law provides transportation officials with a historic opportunity to make their infrastructure smarter, safer, and greener in ways that were previously unimaginable or unattainable.
“Now more than ever is the time to invest in and utilize data to better inform the future of our roadway networks and to understand how things may vary based on demographics and at the community level.”
GM Future Roads and Inrix first announced their collaboration in May 2022 to respond to the growing demand for safety solutions. With the new report highlighting just some of Safety View’s capabilities, transportation professionals will be able to tap into additional key benefits that can help improve understanding and performance of roadway networks, including:
- Access to critical safety and demographic datasets in one cloud-based application.
- Identifying hazardous roadway segments through valuable insights about elements that elevate risk and prioritize those that need the most attention.
- Evaluating the impact of a Vision Zero action plan with access to near real-time insights through easy-to-use visual analysis tools.
- Accelerating the funding application process by providing the required datasets and analytics tools needed in one place.
With its strong network of connected cars on U.S. and Canadian roads, GM states that joining forces with Inrix to make aggregated vehicle insights available to public agencies is a major step to help increase the safety of U.S. roads.