Road safety study
The study involves over 50 young and inexperienced drivers, most of whom are resident in border counties, having a ‘black box’ telematics device fitted to their car. The device sends information back to a central computer.
This information includes location, speed, and acceleration and deceleration levels. The telematics product then scores driving performance based on the frequency and severity ‘incidents’ related to risky driving behaviour. Drivers are provided with feedback on their driving performance and are informed as to how they can reduce risk incidents.
The telematics product used for the study is Ingenium Dynamics, an award winning product which has a number of high-profile fleet and insurance provider users in the United Kingdom.
Martin McRandal from CRASH commented “At CRASH Services we firmly believe that effective deployment of a quality telematics solution can help to make Ireland’s roads safer. We are delighted to be supporting Trinity in the conduct of this study. We have been working with the team at Trinity for the past 12 months and it is great to get the study underway.”
“This is the first academic study of its type to be conducted in Ireland. Currently there is no tangible evidence to prove or disprove the effectiveness of this technology in reducing road risk. The results, when they are published in August, will be of benefit to all with an interest in road safety, including government and government agencies, fleet operators and insurance providers.”
Assistant Professor in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Trinity, Dr Ciaran Simms, said: “It is essential that road safety interventions are based on evidence-based practice, so I am excited that this study will generate data to help us evaluate the effectiveness of these kinds of telematics devices which have significant potential to improve driver behaviour.
“The study at Trinity is a collaborative one involving Dr. Bidisha Ghosh from Civil Engineering and myself from the Centre for Bioengineering, where my main focus is on injury biomechanics. Deepak Srivastav is an MSc student whose project is dedicated to the evaluation of the Ingenium Dynamics data.”