AI Traffic Analytics Company Waycare Says Project With RTC And NHP Reduction Crashes By 18%

Waycare said Monday a combination of AI traffic analysis, law enforcement deployment and dynamic signs reduce speeding by 43% and collisions by 18% on stretches of highways in southern Nevada.

The traffic management company worked with the Nevada Highway Patrol, the Nevada Department of Transportation and the Southern Nevada Regional Transportation Commission on the year-long project, which was funded by a grant from the National Board of Traffic. security. Waycare said the results represent a $3 million economic gain and a 16x return on investment.

“Waycare’s innovative program has shown great promise in helping to improve road safety in Southern Nevada,” NDOT Director Kristina Swallow said in a statement. “As NDOT continues to build wireless infrastructure throughout Nevada, programs leveraging crowdsource technology such as Waycare may prove to be a cost-effective strategy for providing rapid and proactive incident response.”

Waycare’s artificial intelligence can study local data and determine the times of day and stretches of road most likely to cause accidents. After analyzing data for southern Nevada, the company and agencies focused on northbound Interstate 15 near Russell Road, southbound I-15 near Lake Mead Boulevard, and US 95 southbound near Jones Boulevard.

NHP troops periodically manned strategic locations near areas flagged as high risk, while transportation commission signs in the area warned motorists of law enforcement.

“Waycare has developed a new algorithm that ingests historical traffic data, speed sensor data, and aggregated data from connected vehicles, to provide monthly recommendations for locations and times that would be most beneficial to soldiers on the road. ‘be present at (strategic traffic management sites)’, Waycare wrote in a white paper. “NHP referenced these suggestions to assign soldiers to different STMS locations in two to three hour shifts at different times. To prevent the public from becoming accustomed to the presence of PSNs, soldiers activated different STMS sporadically and at varying times.

In addition to reducing the number of accidents and speeding violations, the program has resulted in a drop in average speed of 2.76%, from 100 km/h to 100 km/h. It also smoothed traffic, according to Waycare.

“Finally, the average standard deviation of the speed distribution decreased by 9%, suggesting that the program improved traffic alignment in the corridors,” Waycare wrote.

The study ran from October 2019 to December 2020. Due to the disruptive external impact of COVID-19 on traffic patterns, the project was unable to compare 2020 traffic to 2019 traffic. Instead, the research compared data from when road safety efforts were active to results when they were not.

“The combination of emerging technologies with the collaboration of law enforcement has proven effective in improving safety, preserving capacity and effectively communicating with drivers in Southern Nevada,” said the CEO of the Regional Transportation Commission. , MJ Maynard, in a press release. “Using AI-based insights helped identify potential target areas, allowing us to increase safety and plan preventative actions in the future.”

The project only aimed to reduce crashes by 5%, so the fact that it saw an 18% drop doesn’t bode well for collision repair volume. And Waycare was confident that the process “can be scaled up and applied to other geographies in the same way”. He continued:

The cost/benefit analysis suggests that expanding the program to other areas of Nevada is a very cost-effective strategy to address traffic accidents and fatalities.

Finally, it is important to consider future applications of the proactive collision avoidance strategy presented by the Road to Zero program. Technology has played a crucial role in the project, giving partner agencies both insight into high-risk locations and the ability to communicate with each other in real time. The ability to collect and operationalize data is growing tremendously, especially through the use of AI. Combined with the expansion of connected vehicles in the market, cities will be able to understand their roads better than ever and employ new proactive strategies to prevent accidents. As our physical infrastructure goes digital, notifying drivers in real time and potentially notifying vehicles directly of high crash risk lanes will bring us closer to our goal of zero fatalities on our roads.

“Educating drivers and changing road design is not enough to tackle the growing number of deaths on our roads,” Waycare CEO Noam Maital said in a statement. “AI offers the opportunity to change the rules of the game; we can leverage predictive analytics to proactively prevent accidents. The Road to Zero program should serve as a model for future scalable and effective strategies combining both technology and inter-agency collaboration.

On the other hand, while the project trained motorists to drive more slowly even in the absence of soldiers, “drivers tended to return to their previous speed after leaving the STMS lane whether or not they were present” . So there is still a bit of human nature left to provide body shops with accidents.

More information:

“Southern Nevada Road to Zero Program: A Comprehensive Report on the Impact and Economic Savings of Predictive Analytics and Preventative Activities on Driver Speed ​​and Vehicle Crashes in Las Vegas”

Care, June 10, 2021

“Collaboration in Southern Nevada between law enforcement and traffic operations leverages Waycare’s predictive AI, reducing speeds and crashes in select lanes”

Waycare via PrWeb, June 14, 2021

Featured Image: A ‘Strategic Traffic Management Site’ on southbound Interstate 15 in Nevada is shown. The location was used as part of a year-long traffic safety initiative involving Waycare, the Nevada Highway Patrol, the Nevada Department of Transportation and the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada. (Provided by Waycare/PRWeb)

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Charles J. Kaplan