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Better data for safer roads: Enhancing the DRIVER open-source system


Featured GRSF Grant Activity: Better data for safer roads: Enhancing the DRIVER open-source system ⌵︎

With the support of the Government of Japan, under the Quality Infrastructure Investment Partnership (QII) with the World Bank, GRSF has been working on adding a series of key enhancements to the DRIVER open-source system.

During FY20, the project has supported the scaling up of the DRIVER program in the Philippines, initiating pilots in Lao and Vietnam, and extending the knowledge to other countries in the region that showed interest. Further, through the QII grant, the GRSF has trained engineering units and academia on how to effectively collect and use crash data to design and implement road safety interventions outside of these projects. As a result, these activities are supporting sustained, long term capacity building for designing and implementing more effective and efficient road crash prevention infrastructure, further expanding the pool of potential beneficiaries.

FY20 Activities under the QII Partnership ⌵︎

  • Clinics on Road Safety Crash Data and Driver

On September 23-26, 2019, GRSF organized the Road Safety Clinics on Crash Data and DRIVER at the World Bank Headquarters. The objective of these Clinics was to have one-on-one sessions with World Bank teams and Task Team Leaders (TTLs) to discuss the challenges and/or questions they had regarding crash data in their projects; and the possibility and benefits of using DRIVER in their projects or countries they work in. In addition, the teams could learn about the regional road safety observatories – a concept strongly supported by the World Bank, and the importance of countries joining them.

  • Driver Training in Lao PDR

From September 9 to 16, 2019, a World Bank mission team went to Vientiane, Lao PDR to conduct a DRIVER training and computer skills training for the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (DOT, DOR, PTTI) and the Traffic Police from the Department of Traffic Police and 9 Districts in Vientiane Capital. The main objective of the mission was to train the officials in relevant computer skills as well as encoding and analyzing data in DRIVER. More specifically, the training included using Microsoft Word and Excel, creating Gmail accounts, using Google Maps and Street View, encoding Vientiane crash data from 2018 up to present, using the DRIVER mobile app and analyzing these data using the DRIVER analytical tools. The participants came from agencies working on road safety such as the Department of Transport and Vientiane Traffic Police.

The activity also enabled the updating of the incident input form, preliminary discussions on road crash data collection and reporting institutional arrangement with Department of Transport being the administrator and the Vientiane Traffic Police being the analysts, and the creation of a Terms of Reference for the hiring of a local developer who will implement local enhancements to the Lao DRIVER instance.

  • Presentation at the PIARC 26th World Roads Congress

On October 10, 2019, the GRSF team delivered a presentation on regional road safety observatories under the PIARC 26th World Roads Congress in Abu Dhabi. The participants learned about the importance of data-led road safety measures supported by tools for data collection and analysis, specially the Bank’s DRIVER tool.

Presentation at the PIARC 26th World Roads Congress
Presentation at the PIARC 26th World Roads Congress
  • Road Safety Engineering Workshop in Philippines

On September 2-5, 2019, the GRSF was part of the Road Safety Engineering Workshop in Manila, Philippines, where DRIVER was presented as part of the “Undertaking a Road Safety Audit” session. GRSF presented on the DRIVER system and how it could support DPWH in analyzing high-risk locations and prioritize safety investments.

Road Safety Engineering Workshop in Philippines
Road Safety Engineering Workshop in Philippines
  • Enhanced DRIVER Platform

Thanks to the QII grant, the GRSF team was able to hire a web developer and bring further enhancements to the DRIVER tool, based on feedback received from counterparts or needs reported by World TTLs. The new platform will be released in late 2020, but very interesting updates were already integrated into the tool:

  • Advanced Administrative Privileges
  • Support Additional Filtering by weather data and time data
  • Crash diagrams and movement codes
  • Improvement of duplicate record user interface
  • Integration with iRAP Star-Rating Data and with the iRAP Toolkit
  • Integration of Mapillary
  • Development of an iOS Smartphone application and update of the Android app
Enhanced DRIVER Platform
Enhanced DRIVER Platform

Based on enhancements brought to DRIVER under this grant, existing manuals and guidelines for the use of the system were updated.

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The Key Impact

  • research

    Crash diagrams and movement codes
    were requested in the Philippines and added to DRIVER

  • cities-country

    DRIVER demo instances were developed 
    in Lao PDR and Vietnam

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    A series of enhancement to DRIVER
    such as iRAP star ratings layers to facilitate analysis of crashes in relation to the safety level of infrastructure, were added

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GRSF 2020 Annual Report