The risk potential on German roads remains high: The road safety records up until 2010 show a reduction of road fatalities. However, the number of accidents and injuries has risen again since then, which is due to increased traffic volume, stress in everyday life and distraction, among other things. Dangerous situations are thus often wrongly assessed or not recognised. Early detection of danger spots and a more considerate behaviour on the roads would therefore be extremely important.
This is where the FeGiS+ project comes in, proactively identifying potential hazards and risks in order to prevent road accidents. The aim is to identify black spots at an early stage and mitigate or eliminate them. It will also be necessary to warn road users so that they can adapt their (driving) behaviour accordingly. The current project ‘Early detection of road hazards using smart data – FeGiS+’ is being funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) with a total of EUR1,081,665 as part of the mFUND funding directive.
Combination of relevant data sources for hazard rating
The FeGiS+ project team will collect, digitise, enrich and prepare data on road hazards to make our roads safer. Current data sources, such as road accident data provided by the police, will be used and blended with new data. Road users can also proactively support this project by reporting danger spots via the website www.gefahrenstellen.de and the corresponding mobile app. The combination and analysis of the data records help improve data quality and accuracy, which in turn allows for faster identification of new or currently emerging risks.
The results will be aggregated and visualised in a hazard rating system, which will be made available to all road users. Furthermore, the data collected throughout Germany will be processed uniformly and made digitally available in a cloud for various user groups such as municipalities, the police, industry, scientific institutions and traffic planning offices.
The project consortium consists of well-known partners who have many years of experience in the areas relevant to the FeGiS+ project. As coordinator of the FeGiS feasibility study, the Initiative for Safer Roads has already successfully cooperated with the Institute of Road Engineering at RWTH Aachen University. Additional FeGiS+ project partners include the Transport Studies & Traffic Psychology team of the German Police University, PTV Planung Transport Verkehr AG and DTV-Verkehrsconsult GmbH.
About the mFUND of the BMVI:
As part of the mFUND research initiative, the BMVI has been funding research and development projects on data-based digital applications for mobility 4.0 since 2016. In addition to its financial support, the mFUND promotes networking between actors from politics, business and research by offering various event formats. It also supports access to the mCLOUD data portal. For more information please visit www.mfund.de.
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