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German Road Safety Project won European “Excellence in Road Safety” Award and Jacques Barrot Prize
Karlsruhe, Brussels, October 18, 2022. The FeGiS+ project (early detection of danger spots in road traffic through smart data - gefahrenstellen.de), with the participation of PTV Group, was among the winners of this year’s “Excellence in Road Safety Awards” in the category of “Technology – best application of technology to road safety“. These awards are presented annually by the European Commission in Brussels. The project was also chosen by the audience at the awards ceremony to receive the Jacques Barrot award. This prize is dedicated to Jacques Barrot, a former European Commissioner for Transport. A milestone for forward-looking road safety work in Germany and Europe, the founders of the platform were pleased to say.
The annual awards presented by the European Road Safety Charter under the leadership of the European Commission, are designed to recognize the successes of exemplary initiatives that aim to improve road safety across Europe and meet the "Vision Zero" target - zero fatalities and serious injuries by 2050.
Project delivers tangible benefits to road users throughout Europe
“Our project partners and our entire team are incredibly happy to now hold this award in our hands," said Arno Wolter, initiator of the Danger Spots project. “This clearly shows that our daily work, which we started regionally and rolled out across the entire road network nationwide this summer, is also being noticed in other European countries and can thus contribute to reducing accidents, injuries and fatalities on the roads beyond Germany," said the managing director of the Initiative für sichere Straßen (Safe Roads Initiative).
Inga Luchmann and Alexander Dahl from PTV Group added: “We are delighted that our FeGiS+ research project and the gefahrenstellen.de platform are receiving this tremendous response. This award also recognizes the work of all those who use the platform to share information about danger spots. Because they are instrumental to the platform’s success.” To date, more than 50,000 reports relating to around 10,000 danger spots have been submitted.
The awards were presented in Brussels by Adina Valean, European Commissioner for Transport, and Kristian Schmidt, European Road Safety Coordinator.
Information about the winning project
As part of the FeGiS+ project (early detection of danger spots in road traffic through smart data) data about dangerous road sections submitted by road users are collected on the website www.gefahrenstellen.de. These are merged with data from other sources, including police accident data from the federal states in Germany, to create a nationwide digital road hazard map. The digital map offers great added value for citizens, who can use it, for example, to find and plan “safer routes to school” throughout Germany. In the future, this will open up completely new opportunities for different stakeholders: For example, municipalities could use it for their proactive road safety work. Or it could help the police plan their presence at black spots in a more targeted manner. Due to the large amount of evaluated and enriched data, the project results can be used for numerous approaches that promote autonomous driving.
The project partners included the Initiative for Safe Roads (IfsS, Bonn), PTV Group (PTV, Karlsruhe/Berlin), the Institute for Road Engineering of RWTH Aachen, the German Police University - Department of Traffic Science & Traffic Psychology (DHPol, Münster) and DTV-Verkehrsconsult GmbH (DTV, Aachen). The project was funded by the Federal Ministry of Digital Affairs and Transport (BMDV) as part of the mFund.
About the Charter
The European Road Safety Charter, led by the European Commission, is the largest civil society platform on road safety. To date, more than 4,000 public and private entities have committed to the Charter and carried out road safety actions and initiatives targeted at their members, employees, and the rest of civil society
The European road safety program is based on the “Vision Zero” strategy: The aim is to achieve a highway system with no fatalities or serious injuries involving road traffic. However, from 2011 to 2020, only a few countries met the interim target of reducing the total number of fatal road accidents by 50 percent. Germany also failed to meet its self-imposed target of reducing road traffic fatalities nationwide by 40 percent for this period.
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