Road safety innovation workshop

The iRAP road safety innovation workshop will deliver solutions.
Highway & Network Management / September 28, 2021 1 minute 30 seconds Read
By MJ Woof
The iRAP workshop will focus on road safety solutions for the future
The organisers of the the 2021 iRAP Innovation Workshop say that registrations are now open for the event. This will be co-hosted with the Regional Road Safety Observatories on the 7th and 14th October. The aim of the event is to increase the visibility on “Data Driven Innovation to Halve Global Road Deaths by 2030”.

According to the organisers, effective action, policy-making and investment will require accurate road safety data collected through transparent, rigorous and efficient methods that meet the global safety standard for benchmarking and comparison across time.

The Regional Road Safety Observatories (RRSOs) in Africa (ARSO), Asia-Pacific (APRSO), Ibero-America (OISEVI), Europe (ERSO) and Western Balkans (WBRSO) supported by iRAP and other intergovernmental organisations, aim to accelerate country-level improvements in data collection, analyses and decision making.

Big data and artificial intelligence will play a lead role in building the social and economic business case for safer roads and creating the scale of change needed. The aim is to save millions of lives in the Second UN Decade of Action and to achieve the 12 UN Global Road Safety Performance Targets relevant to all countries. Targets 3 and 4 refer to safer road infrastructure. These include ensuring all new roads are built to a 3-star or better standard for all road users (Target 3), and more than 75% of travel is on 3-star or better roads for all road users by 2030 (Target 4).

The 2021 iRAP Innovation Workshop will be a 2-part online event bringing together global innovation, policy, technical and road safety leaders, along with investment experts, with the capacity to implement change and eliminate high-risk roads.

The Workshop will explore the data need and shine a light on cutting-edge practice and emerging research and innovation in data collection, partnerships and programmes. A global challenge requires a global solution and the regional road safety observatories present an opportunity for joint regional efforts and economies of scale. Partnership opportunities for efficiencies of scale in resourcing and implementation will be investigated.

The workshop sessions will focus on a world free of high-risk roads and the critical role of the RRSOs, data-driven successes in safety, how big data could change the game for road safety and applications of big data for road safety. They will also cover telematics and speed data solutions, fleets and crash prediction and reflections on opportunities for the Regional Road Safety Observatories and the future.