New USDOT challenge seeks innovative data visualization tools

June 14, 2018

The U.S. Department of Transportation has launched a new program to incentivize development of innovative tools to address the cause of serious crashes and to improve transportation safety. The program, titled Solving for Safety Visualization Challenge, asks groups, including technology firms, research institutes, state and local agencies, universities and other stakeholders to develop tools to improve highway and rail safety. 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 30,000 people are killed each year in traffic accidents and result in billions of dollars in damage.  The causes of crashes are varied, but in many cases include drowsy driving is a factor, as up to 6,000 fatal crashes every year may be caused by drowsy driving.

The U.S. DOT is seeking “clear, compelling data visualization tools”, beyond the currently available technology, that will allow for better use of crash data in determining risk factors and addressing road and rail safety.  Cash prizes are available to semi-finalist and finalist submissions.

For more information regarding this program, view the U.S. DOT Solving for Safety Visualization Challenge program announcement.