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Bosch: Multi-sector approach key to safer roads

Released at: 08:38, 28/11/2019

Bosch: Multi-sector approach key to safer roads

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National accident research programs serve as foundation for life-saving traffic policies, according to automotive supplier.

by Khanh Chi

Cooperation between stakeholders to complete the circle of social responsibility is key to increasing road safety, and fortunately a growing number of organizations in Southeast Asia are now working with Bosch Accident Research to assess the local accident situation.

Accident analysis is being explored in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Vietnam, while Thailand is focused on establishing on-spot accident investigations.

As one of the world’s leading automotive suppliers, Bosch believes that improving traffic safety will be greatly served by fully utilizing accident data to develop and implement life-saving measures based on facts rather than intuition. Accident research takes all available data into consideration, as it seeks to understand the root causes of accidents in order to prevent them in the future.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates a global toll of 1.3 million fatalities and injuries annually due to road accidents. Further research by the Asian Development Bank revealed that about 60 per cent of these occur in Asia.

Accident research collaboration in Asia

Across the Asian region, public policies and priorities have been devised and revised in pursuit of enhanced road safety. Policies need to address current and future traffic issues, which will require extensive study of the anatomy of road accidents. Active safety systems can significantly reduce the risk of accidents by as much as 25 per cent.

“Collaboration between multiple sectors, such as the government, the automotive industry, and academe, will ensure the long-term collection of more comprehensive data, nationwide reach, reduced costs, and unbiased analysis, as well as further recommendations,” said Mr. Martin Hayes, Regional President of Bosch Southeast Asia.

Bosch recommends an end-to-end approach to look at the impact of accident statistics, where information gathered from accident scene investigations are analyzed to determine key contributing factors. The root causes, severity, and statistics of accidents are then summarized, along with an estimation of the benefits from preventive actions.

“This methodology derives insights that will help bring about safer vehicles and aid government agencies in developing measures that enhance infrastructure, enforcement, and emergency response,” Mr. Thomas Lich, Senior Expert at Bosch Accident Research, explained.

One such example of this is the Road Accident Sampling System of India (RASSI), a joint accident research project led by 13 organizations: OEMs, research agencies, and automotive suppliers, among them Bosch.

Since 2009, RASSI has been able to successfully document nearly 4,000 road accidents and paved the way for infrastructure improvements on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, increased driver and rider safety awareness, and introduced countermeasures like the installation of advanced vehicle safety systems.

While the causes of road accidents are often universal, research will draw out unique circumstances where a differing action should be instigated. “A holistic approach based on accident research enables all parties to identify hot spots in infrastructure that need to be prioritized, along with the technology needed to improve emergency and rescue services,” Mr. Lich added.

Bosch believes that the first step in achieving road safety is an accident research initiative; one that is nationwide in scope and jointly driven by multiple sectors of society. The findings from this research will provide much-needed insights that will serve as the scientific basis for more effective road safety policies, ultimately resulting in millions of lives saved each year.

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