Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
The Mumbai-Pune Expressway has been seeing a spate of accidents over the past few years. Lack of in-depth accident data restricted the government agencies from pin-pointing the exact problems to be solved, which resulted in simply blaming driver errors. With the help of RASSI, 214 accidents were examined and it was found that apart from over speeding, factors that also influence accidents were driver sleep/fatigue (29%), brake fade in trucks (11%), lack of road signage and information (9%). In addition, it was found that lack of seat belt use (46%), passenger compartment intrusion (73%) and dangerous roadside structures (28%) led to fatal/serious accidents. Such data helps governments save lives through cost-effective decisions & solutions.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
RASSI data helps the local police, governing authorities and automotive companies understand road safety issues, specific to India, better and identify cost-effective solutions to improve road safety in India. In Tamil Nadu, the issue of undivided roads leading to head-on collisions has been raised. Divided roads too have been analyzed to understand areas of improvement. In Maharashtra, the RASSI data is being used by the State Highway police to help improve road conditions and enforcement on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. In Gujarat, the govt road safety committee is using RASSI for examining accidents in Ahmedabad.
In addition, RASSI is also helping automotive manufacturers come up with safer vehicles for India.
As RASSI scales up and grows to include more areas across India, the data generated can help the central government agencies to impact road safety at a national level.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
Data-driven road safety strategies have proven to be highly effective in mitigating fatalities and injuries around the world. As RASSI scales up and grows to include more areas across India, the full impact of this program will be to use scientific data to help government regulators, police, vehicle manufacturers, insurance companies, NGOs and other transportation related agencies to direct and review efforts for improving road safety/risk across India.
Once India adopts a data-driven approach to road safety, our journeys will surely become safer in the near future.