NJLTAP Enews Volume 20 – Issue 3 – May/June 2018

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.

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.

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

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May/June 2018