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DOT Announces Competition on Advancing Innovative Ways to Analyze Crash Data

Monday, June 25, 2018

DOT Announces Competition on Advancing Innovative Ways to Analyze Crash Data

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Under Secretary for Policy Derek Kan addresses
participants at the launch of Solving for Safety

The Department of Transportation has launched the Solving for Safety: Visualization Challenge, a national multistage competition for local government, data scientists, technologists, academia and safety experts to analyze risk on the surface transportation system through advanced data analytics.

“Under Secretary Chao’s leadership, we have continued to make significant progress in transportation safety. Today’s announcement asks participants to apply advanced analytics and technological innovations to dramatically improve safety on our roads,” said Under Secretary for Policy Derek Kan.

“Recent innovations in data analytics and visualization tools give us the potential to understand risk at the system level, and to develop tools and discover insights that will lead to new, life-saving strategies that address injuries and fatalities on our roadways,” continued Kan. 

Solving for Safety focuses on encouraging technology firms and safety stakeholders to create data visualizations that illuminate important insights about solving the highway safety problem. 

To do more to ensure our roads are as safe as possible for the millions of Americans who travel each day, DOT is opening its different datasets- many of which are siloed, analyzed separately, and made available on just an annual basis- and asking data experts to develop tools that can be used to reduce risk.

Factors like the weather, road conditions, and time of day all play a role in risk- and targeted, sophisticated analysis will create, as Kan said, ‘clear, compelling data visualizations’, which can be used to mitigate crash risks.

Kan encouraged attendees at the Department’s Safety Data Forum to join the challenge and develop an analytical visualization tool that helps Solve for Safety.

The Challenge also invites companies and organizations to participate as Innovation Agents, a resource for Solvers. Innovation Agents are critical to the success of the Challenge by providing real-world knowledge, guidance, insight, issues, data and recognition of the issue to non-transportation safety populations. A judging panel of cross-functional technical experts and senior level staff will select finalists and award prizes. Over the next six months, solvers will solve for safety and compete for part of the $350,000 prize purse.

The Solving for Safety Challenge is part of the Department’s Safety Data Initiative announced in January, which focuses on data integration, data visualizations, and predictive insights. New data analytics will allow DOT to synthesize traditional and new data sources, and data visualization will cultivate a system of insights and innovative technologies that change the way transportation safety is approached.

Click Here for more information on the Challenge and to see how you can be a part of it.

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For more information on the challenge or partnering visit https://www.transportation.gov/solve4safety

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