The Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has collaborated with IIT Madras and digital tech company MapmyIndia for driver and road safety technology in India. Together, the trio launched a free-to-use navigation app that provides safety alerts about the dangers of accidents on the road. The navigation app will provide voice and photo alerts to service drivers about accident prone areas, speed breakers, sharp curves and potholes along the way, among other hazards. This initiative is part of the road transport ministry’s plan to reduce the number of deaths due to road accidents in the country.
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MOVE, a navigation service app developed by MaymyIndia, has won the government’s Atmanirbhar App Innovation Challenge in 2020. The service can also be used by citizens and officials to report and disseminate accidents, unsafe areas, road and traffic issues on a map. The data will be analyzed by IIT Madras and MapmyIndia to help other users and then used by the government to improve road conditions in the future.
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Last month, the road ministry officially adopted a data-driven road safety model created from research by IIT Madras, funded by the World Bank. More than 32 states and union territories will use the road accident database (iRAD) model developed by the institute to help make roads safer and improve emergency response.
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The IIT team has signed agreements with various state governments to help develop a road map towards reducing road accident deaths by 50 percent by 2030 and reaching the goal of no road traffic accidents. has signed. The central and state governments are taking several measures to enhance the safety of road users.