Bombay (Maharashtra) [India], Dec. 13 (ANI / NewsView): The World Economic Forum has launched a much-anticipated Road Safety 2.0 program in India, in association with the Indian government, Niti Aayog and MoRTH.
Road Safety 2.0 is a flagship project of the Global Road Safety Initiative (GRSI) of the World Economic Forum in partnership with FIA and WIAA under the banner of Road Safety Partnership India (RSPI).
According to a 2018 World Road Safety Report, India ranks first out of 199 countries in terms of the number of road fatalities, with 11% of global road fatalities taking place in India alone . Over the past decade, more than a million people have lost their lives in traffic accidents. The majority of them were young and came from modest economic backgrounds. This not only resulted in unimaginable suffering for their families, but also reduced India’s GDP by over 3%.
Road Safety 2.0, aims to introduce technology into all 4Es of road safety, i.e. education, engineering, enforcement and emergency care, each of which has been severely ignored during decades.
More than 70 participants bringing together all those involved in road safety expressed wholeheartedly their support for the project. Stakeholders included the UN Special Envoy, World Bank and Government of India World Bank, FIA, Indian government ministries, industry executives, corporations, National Highways Authority of India, Transport Commissioners of India. state, Western India Automobile Association (WIAA), road operators, vehicle manufacturers, Society of Indian Automobiles (SIAM), tech start-ups such as HumSafer Driver Safety Foundation, insurance companies, hospital chains, All India Motor Congress, among other road safety experts.
According to Akhilesh Srivastava, World Economic Forum, Project Head of Road Safety 2.0, “In India almost 75% of road accidents are due to human errors such as overspeeding, fatigue, stress and poor driving skills. , etc. be easily controlled with the use of technology. “
Technology has the power to compensate for human limitations and the leverage effect of IR 4.0 technologies in road safety can dramatically improve the situation. Citing his experience of implementing similar technology-driven programs in India, like FASTag (the electronic toll collection program) which he led as the chief general manager of NHAI, Akhilesh is very confident and said that India is one of the fastest countries. in the adoption of IR 4.0 technologies. “A large number of smartphone users, very low cost network connectivity and the pro-tech approach of the Indians make it even easier. This is evident from the success of Aadhar, UPI, FASTag and other e-governance programs.
Digital technologies are making rapid inroads in agriculture, health, infrastructure development, urban development and industry, so why not in road safety! “
According to Sumedh Mane, co-founder of HumSafer Foundation for Driver Safety, “HumSafer, uses technology based on artificial intelligence to check the drowsiness, fatigue of drivers and gives them real-time alerts, which prevents many accidents. In addition to alerts, the app continuously monitors behavior such as overspeeding, braking suddenly, driving overtime etc and scores points according to that. These points can be used to induce or reward drivers for their good driving behavior. The reward will have a more positive impact than penalizing them. These good conduct points can be used by insurance companies to give them discounts on insurance premiums to further incentivize them. This will create a win-win ecosystem for insurance companies and both vehicle owners / drivers. ”
During the kick-off meeting, other technology pilots were also discussed, such as the use of IOT sensors, ANPR and radars integrated with interactive digital platforms on PPP models to facilitate application via e-challans, sensors and GIS-based applications to advance black spot alerts and connection to the nearest trauma centers in the event of an accident to provide emergency care in the golden hour, etc.
Using technology while providing driver’s license and advanced technology-based training to drivers encouraging lifelong learning through point-based road safety video games, interactive training videos, etc.
The World Economic Forum and the FIA with the Indian government have set a target of a 50% reduction in road fatalities by 2025.
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