TRL, the global centre for innovation in transport and mobility, has chosen this year’s Highways UK event (6th-7th November) for the launch of its new advanced vehicle technology route risk tool.

The tool enables collision risk to be calculated route-by-route and adjusted depending on different in-car technologies. This critical new tool is ideal for local authorities, National Road Authorities, fleet managers, insurance companies and automotive manufacturers, all of whom have significant interest in understanding more about the risks associated with any given route across the UK, and how these risks are changing with ever more sophisticated driving technologies.

Using TRL’s new route risk tool, organisations will be able to map routes across the UK and see the collision risk specific to that route. In addition, users can choose from and assess the impact of a variety of vehicle technologies and safety measures, so that the impacts of the adoption of different technologies can be seen for the specific routes or areas of interest. A user can see collision risks per vehicle km for each technology measure in operation; observe changes in risk following the enablement of each vehicle technology to analyse which measures have the most and least effect; and compare multiple routes based on the risk assessment. The tool is driven by TRL’s research and in-depth accident reconstructions using information from the Road Accident In-Depth Study (RAIDs) collision investigation database which TRL manages for Department For Transport (DfT). The tool was developed as part of the DRIVEN automated vehicle project, a £13.6m initiative with matched funding from UK Research and Innovation’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

Ciaran Ellis, Senior Data Scientist for TRL, explains: “This new advanced vehicle technology route risk tool has been developed to help the wider automotive community understand and assess the possibility of future collision risks. With an ability to assess the impact of a wide array of in-vehicle technologies, this new tool can provide organisations with the data to map out the safest routes, and to identify the vehicle technologies that enable the safest journeys.

“At this year’s Highways UK, we will be holding demonstrations of this new tool, allowing visitors to the TRL stand the opportunity to observe how we can not only assess the risks on any given route, but also see what impact certain advanced vehicle technologies have on mitigating hazards,” adds Ellis. “In addition, this will also be an opportunity to discuss how this device can be useful for different industries, thanks to its ability to be tailored to individual requirements.”

Highways UK is the flagship event about roads for a modern and connected Britain. It brings together both the people and organisations involved in the planning, designing, building, operating and futureproofing of the UK’s urban roads and Strategic Road Network.