The U.S. Department of Transportation is responsible among other things for road safety. As part of their job, the DOT is constantly looking for better ways of analyzing crash data.
As part of this its continuing quest for improving road safety, the DOT 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.
Participants in the competition will be asked to apply advanced analytics and technological innovations which are hoped to dramatically improve road safety. Technology firms and safety stakeholders are being challenged to create data visualizations that illuminate important insights about solving the highway safety problem.
By 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, DOT is trying to do more to ensure our roads are as safe as possible for the millions of Americans who travel each day.
Such things as weather, road conditions, and time of day all play a role in risk- and targeted, sophisticated analysis will create. This data and developed analyses tools can be used to mitigate crash risks.
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.