We designed and developed this project, originally named the Philippines National Open Source Road Safety Platform, as a web-based road incident data entry, data management, and visualization tool. The tool doubles as a backend administrative platform for monitoring system use, managing user privileges, and updating data entry and reporting forms. Now we refer to the project as DRIVER and we’re working with the World Bank to implement the tool in cities around the world.
The main goals of DRIVER are to:
- improve the efficiency of recording, accessing, and sharing road accident and injury data
- support the use of historical data to inform decision-making
- monitor the efficacy of road safety improvements
- provide traffic incidence information to academia and the public
So why is this tool necessary? Road accidents are a leading global cause of death among 15-39 year-olds, and about 92% of traffic deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. According to a 2009 report prepared by the National Center for Transportation Studies, road accidents cost the Philippines nearly 2.6% of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) each year. The World Bank provides the Philippines and other client countries with the knowledge they need to plan and implement green growth strategies that will improve the quality of life for all citizens. As part of this initiative, the World Bank selected us to develop DRIVER, an open source platform for road incident data management and analysis that helps to mitigate road accidents.
To date, we’ve developed customized instances for the Philippines, Mumbai, Brazil, Vietnam, Laos, and Bangladesh, with additional versions in the works. Each instance includes:
- a web-based dashboard and map of records
- reporting tools for custom aggregations of the data
- a statistical modeling process for identifying problem areas over time
- a flexible database schema with a user interface
- internationalization for any language including left-to-right languages
- a companion Android application for data entry in remote areas
You can view the open source code for the project on the World Bank Transport GitHub page.