The good practices and learnings from the demonstrations will feed into the TRANS-SAFE toolbox and capacity-building programme, which will be institutionalised in universities that will act as regional capacity-building hubs. This will also inform policy dialogue and processes at local, national, regional, African and global levels while generating a repository for trainings, policy recommendations and local implementation action. Proposed actions build on existing African priorities to increase the chance of sustainable success, avoid paternalism and maximize the value of resources we secure.
Regarding used vehicles, the project will focus on their mechanical condition. A pilot study will be performed on the state of vehicle safety systems. Furthermore, aftermarket systems for increasing the safety of road vehicles, including mobile apps with advanced driver assistance system functionalities (ADAS), and retrofit devices, will be evaluated. The relative achievements and challenges faced by TRANS-SAFE African partners where PTIs have been implemented will be investigated, and findings will inform relevant toolkit aspects.
TRANS-SAFE will test comprehensive ASE in selected living labs. These tools will encourage reduced speeds and other dangerous road user behaviours, reduce human resource costs, increase revenue, and provide an opportunity for academics to use video footage to develop AI, that can perform crash reconstruction efficiently, to inform new crash and injury prevention strategies.
Innovative crowdsourcing tools will enable researchers in Africa to obtain information on traffic crash hotspots, inform safety retrofits and promote public engagement in road safety. TRANS-SAFE will help to build local capacity, to enable the adoption of ISO 39001 in selected living labs, and evaluate the impact, to inform recommendations for other African countries.
TRANS-SAFE will build human capacity to provide excellent post-crash care, which is necessary for the successful implementation of innovative emergency response technologies. These human resources will support systems that empower GPS-enabled phones to transmit precise crash geolocations and automatically alert the ambulance closest to the crash scene with directions and traffic-optimized routes. TRANS-SAFE efforts to improve training levels of crash lay responders, and healthcare providers will potentiate these digital health transformations.
Safe road users
Besides translation of the R2S app into the local language of Kinyarwanda, and contextualization for Kigali city, we will create an interactive, low-tech SMS-based app which will be able to engage children on road safety matters and enable data collection in the absence of smartphones. After adaptation we will implement R2S across a sample of Rwandan schools.