INDEV launches app to self-report accidents. Goal: gain insight in causes of accidents. Nov 07, 2016
Mevrouw Sofie REUMERS
Many accidents involving vulnerable road users are never registered by the police nor at the emergency room. Within the European Horizon 2020 project 'InDeV' (In-depth Understanding of Accident Causation for Vulnerable Road Users) a digital questionnaire system has been launched to self-report accidents. Scientists of Hasselt University, Transportation Research Institute (IMOB), are currently looking for participants to take part in a study to register their crashes or near-misses in the system and thus shed a better light onto the accident causation of vulnerable road users.
“We are recruiting participants for a survey among pedestrians, cyclists and moped riders to get more insight about where and how their accidents or near-misses happen. It is only a very small portion, which is recorded by the police – only five percent of all accidents for cyclists, for example. This means that we lack important knowledge for improving road safety for these road users” explains PhD fellow Tanja Kidholm Osmann Madsen from Traffic Research Group at Aalborg University. Tanja is currently visiting IMOB, Hasselt University, for three months to collaborate on the INDEV project.
The questionnaire system includes a webpage and the Android app “SafeVRU” and is currently tested by users in Belgium, Denmark, Spain and Sweden. The participants can, depending on their preference, go to the webpage or use the app to report an accident to a central database.
"Everybody who wants to take part in the study can download the "SafeVRU" app or register at the webpage: https://vru.create.aau.dk/questionnaires/new-participant/56. Once a month you get a notification on your phone or an email with a link to a questionnaire. You will then be asked a number of questions, for example the location, date and time of the accident, what happened in the accident and who was involved.”
The next step is to include another feature for the automatic detection and logging of accidents with the help from the smartphone’s motion sensors. This feature is currently under development.
Accidents can be reported easily via the app SafeVRU which is found on Google Play (Picture: W. De Groote, Hasselt University, IMOB)
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 635895.