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New app warns UK drivers about upcoming accident blackspots

23 May 2019

Story from Traffic Technology Today.

A new application that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to assess the road ahead in real-time and warn drivers of potential accident hotspots has been released in the UK.

Developed by Safescape Intelligent Systems and based on information provided by the police from 1.3 million incidents over the past 10 years, the new app knows the severity of every accident and its exact time and date.

Using a powerful AI machine-learning algorithm, the Safescape app it will continuously analyze various factors in real-time and, combined with this data, calculate a risk score of the approaching location, warning drivers so that they are aware and prepared.

The Safescape user interface has been designed to be simple and convey crucial information quickly and without fuss. The app combines audible alerts and a visual indicator based on familiar colors to effectively reflect the severity of the approaching risks. Available for Apple and Android devices, the Safescape app only needs a GPS signal, with no internet connection required. The app uses a proprietary AI algorithm that was ‘trained’ using nine years of UK Department for Transport (DfT) STATS19 data consisting of over a million data points.

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