Since the project’s start date in July 2016, Satsafe has been a consortium partner for CityVerve and lead partner for the road safety work package. Smart cities are much more than connected static ‘things’. They are a dynamic, live environment that is ever-changing as the city’s vehicles – cars, buses, taxis, vans and larger commercial vehicles, bicycles and specialist transport such as mobility scooters compete for a limited physical space in order to get to their destination safely and in good time. Given this complex interaction of people and machines it is inevitable that accidents can sometimes occur – often with devastating consequences.
In Greater Manchester 54 people died as a result of traffic collisions in 2014. 20%of all serious accidents involve young drivers (17-24) even though this age group makes up just 8% of the driving population. Other high risk groups include elderly drivers who may suffer from age-related diminished driver ability and other debilitating illnesses as they get older.
CityVerve will demonstrate how IoT can make a positive impact on reducing accidents and environmental emissions by deploying telematics devices that combine next‐generation GPS positioning technologies with accelerometers and in‐vehicle on board diagnostics (OBD) and smart sensing HD video data.
The merging of these technologies will facilitate the personalised scoring of individual drivers, regardless of age, gender, demographic, professional status or experience in order to make a positive impact on their driving style to make them smoother, safer and more efficient drivers who will benefit the whole city as a whole.