Waze May Cut Emergency Response TimesJuly 29, 2019
The Waze traffic application is widely used by customers to get directions and avoid traffic issues, such as road closures or heavy traffic caused by accidents. However, it can also be used to help reduce the amount of time it takes for emergency responders to arrive at the scene of an accident. Researchers from UCLA and UC Irvine published a study recently that compared data from the Google-owned application with data from the California Highway Patrol. They found that the Waze users notify the application of traffic accidents close to three minutes before anyone alerts law enforcement. If emergency responders can arrive at an accident scene sooner, it means that they will be able to transport injured victims to the closest emergency room in less time.
According to a professor of medicine at UCLA and director of the University of California Institute for Prediction Technology, if the Waze application is able to reduce the response time by 20 to 60 percent, it is going to have a positive clinical impact because car accident victims will get emergency medical treatment sooner. In some cases, getting to a hospital three minutes sooner can be the difference between life and death.
Waze Data and Accident Reports from Maryland Reveal Important Crash Data
The Transportation Department’s Volpe Center conducted a six-month analysis of Waze and accident report data from Maryland. Researchers used the crowdsourced information to build a computer model that follows the car accidents that are reported to the police. One of the advantages of the crowdsourced data is that it caught accidents that were not serious enough to be reported but were major enough to cause major traffic delays. According to government researchers, the model could identify where accidents might occur before they happen.
Other cities, like Bellevue, Washington are using the Waze data to identify crash patterns and crash risks. Belleview has already been collecting data from police crash reports and 911 calls to make improvements to its transportation. The Department of Transportation can use the information that Belleview has collected to determine whether the crowdsourced traffic data reflects what is happening on the ground. However, for these types of traffic experiments to go mainstream, it will require a great deal of work, partly because other cities do not have the amount of data, the diverse types of data, or the ability to analyze it and develop action plans.
Researchers at UCLA and UCI are still in the process of figuring out how to make the Waze traffic more accurate. Google traffic data cannot yet take the place of 911 calls because there are too many false positives, or it identified an accident that does not warrant medical attention. As a result, police and emergency medical responders may be called out unnecessarily, keeping them from actual emergency situations.
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