Innovation @iRAP

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Innovation partnerships

iRAP brings together innovative teams, with a common interest in saving lives through safer roads and safer journeys. Our global partnerships with government, mobility clubs, industry and research groups ensures innovative ideas from one programme partner can be shared immediately with others for mutual benefit.

This has allowed us to develop the Innovation Framework - iRAP's online hub outlining each current innovative product and service. Some key innovations in development or in the pipeline are summarised in two different key areas:

  • model innovation
  • product innovation.

Innovative ideas are supported and nurtured through key networking events, including iRAP's major annual event - Innovation workshop. This significant event brings together innovative leaders, along with investment experts and those with the capacity to implement change and eliminate high-risk roads.

Please click through the tabs above which offer more information on the key areas and supporting events.

What is the purpose of the Innovation Framework?

The Innovation Framework is our online hub demonstrating how local expertise is being applied and continuous improvements can be accessed and shared globally.

iRAP's Innovation Framework profiles a suite of model and product innovations, led by iRAP and our global partners, the vast majority of which are provided in a free-to-air capacity for the benefit of all to use in a spirit of shared commitment and cooperation to save lives.

At the heart of all RAP innovations and protocols globally, is the iRAP Star Rating model and methodology. It provides a free-to-air consistent evidence-based global standard for assessing the level of safety which is ‘built-in’ to the road for vehicle occupants, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians. The methodology ensures that no matter where in the world road risk is being evaluated, a consistent objective rating can be relied upon.

The model development and the technical integrity of iRAP protocols worldwide is overseen by the Global Technical Committee (GTC). The GTC which reports directly to the iRAP Board is comprised of experts from leading road safety organisations and research agencies from around the world. The GTC ensures that the latest road safety research is included and that the model is consistently applied.

Members and Observes of the Global Technical Committee and which Regional RAP they represent are outlined below.

Status: In progress

The light Star Rating model requires less attributes, enabling larger networks to be assessed and Star Rating at the feasibility stage of a project.

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Status: In progress

CycleRAP is an enhanced product which applies the iRAP Bicyclist Star Rating. It provides a more detailed objective assessment of the risk 'built-in' to a road for bicyclists

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Status: In progress

Enhanced pedestrian coding, reporting and analysis is being explored to see how the iRAP model can better support end-user needs to improve pedestrian safety and save lives.

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Status: In progress

The greater levels of complexity and density of intersections in urban areas highlight them as an important safety issue to address in urban areas.

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Status: In progress

With the availability of further evidence-based research and engineering solutions for rear-end shunt crashes, it should be reviewed for inclusion in the iRAP models.

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Status: In progress

The use of a range of ITS solutions is helping to reduce crash rates on high-standard expressways and motorways. How can the benefits of ITS be included in the iRAP Star Rating model?

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Status: Concept

Speed management is a complex area of policy for any country. How should the iRAP model and tools be enhanced to provide support setting and enforcement of speed limits compatible with the road use at a location?
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Status: In progress

Infrastructure Star Ratings for the Self-Driving Car will measure how well road infrastructure design supports the driver assistance technologies of the future and increasing levels of autonomous vehicles.

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Status: In progress

The development of a Decimal Star Rating is currently under review to enable a greater level of resolution in the assessment of the level of safety built into a road section.

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Status: Live

The Australian National Risk Assessment Model (ANRAM) provides a system to implement a nationally-consistent risk-based road assessment programme, to identify road sections with the highest risk of severe crashes.

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Status: Concept

The aim of this partnership is to develop a Safe System Star Rating module in iRAP’s online software VIDA to produce a clear and consistent approach for ‘zero harm’ by a target date.

Status: In progress

Social impact investing provides an exciting option to ‘unlock’ the benefits of improving road safety. This will require clear identification of elements of the social and financial cost and benefit.

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Status: Pilot Testing

The Star Rating for Schools (SR4S) Global App is the first ever systematic evidence-based approach for analysing the risk 'built-into' roads around schools.

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Status: Pilot Testing

The Star Rating for Designs (SR4D) web app is being developed with the aim of enabling Star Ratings to be easily incorporated into the road design process.

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Status: In progress

User Defined Investment Plans (UDIP) are the next step in enabling road engineers to tailor Star Rating and Safer Road Investment Plans (SRIP) to suit their road network and budget.

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Status: In progress

Big data presents amazing opportunities for scientific discovery and technological progress. Unlocking the power of this data to inform research and activity that saves lives and serious injuries on safer roads worldwide is a key iRAP goal.

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Status: Live

The iRAP Demonstrator is an interactive tool which enables road safety stakeholders to explore the relationship between road design elements and speed to achieve a 3-star or better safety experience for all road user groups.

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Year: 2018

The iRAP Star Ratings were used as part of the 4th UN Road Safety Week in 2018, to provide graphical examples of the relationship between road design elements and speed.

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Year: 2018

For students of Justin Kabwe Primary School in Lusaka, Zambia, their journey to school has just gotten a whole lot safer, with access roads raised from 1 and 2-star dangerous to 5-star safety excellence.

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iRAP Innovation Workshop

Held annually the iRAP Innovation Workshop is an invitation-only event which brings together policy and technical leaders along with investment experts and those with the capacity to implement change and eliminate high-risk roads.  It includes global leaders who, together, will play a significant role in ensuring that safer infrastructure and safer vehicles deliver their potential in creating a safe road and transport system.

Vision Zero & Innovation Workshop 2018

The Vision Zero and Innovation Workshop 2018 will be hosted by iRAP, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Resources Institute (WRI) from 28-29 November 2018 at the IDB Bank Cultural Centre in Washington DC, USA. With the announcement of the UN Global Road Safety Targets and catalytic action and impact called for as part of the establishment of the UN Road Safety Trust Fund, partnerships and innovation in financing, planning, design and delivery of transport services worldwide will be essential to meet ‘Vision Zero’. The 2018 Workshop will focus on Safer Cities, Vision Zero and iRAP Innovation, Policy Leadership and the UN Targets, Global Case Studies of Success, Road Safety Metrics and the Road Safety Observatories, Innovation Partnerships for the Future (Cities, Big Data, Designs and Light Data), Safer Roads by Policy and Design, and Health, Insurance and Road Safety Investment Innovation.

iRAP Innovation Workshop 2017

The iRAP Innovation Workshop 2017 was held 8-10 November at the Automotive Campus in Helmond, Netherlands. Hosted by EuroRAP and the Royal Dutch Automobile Club (ANWB), with support from the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), the FIA Foundation and the Road Safety Fund, the theme of the event was Tackling the transition to automated vehicles. 

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iRAP Innovation Workshop 2016

The iRAP Innovation Workshop 2016 was held at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington DC, USA. The UN Sustainable Development Goals set the challenge to halve road deaths and injuries by 2020 (Goal 3.6) as well as the achievement of safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all (Goal 11.2) and connected people and products via infrastructure to support economic development and human well-being (Goal 9.1). With four years to go until 2020, the Workshop explored innovation in leadership, policy, technology, implementation and funding to meet the UN SDGs.

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iRAP Innovation Workshop 2015

The iRAP Innovation Workshop 2015, held at the Royal Horseguards Hotel, London, UK, provided a platform for partners using iRAP tools and those involved in road infrastructure safety more broadly to transfer their know-how quickly to each other through mutual support and friendly competition. The Workshop aimed to be a catalyst for innovation, investment, scale and capacity building to make the target of reducing road deaths to less than 600,000 per year achievable.

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iRAP Innovation Workshop 2014

iRAP's third Innovation Workshop was held at ARRB’s headquarters in Melbourne, Australia. The Workshop was hosted by AusRAP leaders The Australian Automobile Association (AAA), Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV), Australian Road Research Board (ARRB), Transport Accident Commission (TAC) and VicRoads. A collection of 32 presentations from the workshop covered topics such as Star Ratings of roads, before-and-after upgrades, targeted road maintenance to improve safety and mobile phone probe data for traffic speed measurements.

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iRAP Innovation Workshop 2013

In 2013, the world’s best in road infrastructure safety gathered  at the World Bank in Washington for iRAP’s second Innovation Workshop. The Workshop was hosted by usRAP partners The American Automobile Association (AAA) FTS and MRIGlobal. This Workshop captured the enormous scale of effort being made in policy development, technical application and research around the world to save lives and serious injuries on safer roads globally.

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iRAP Innovation Workshop 2012

The first iRAP Innovation Workshop was held at TRL Headquarters in Berkshire, UK and brought together experts in road safety engineering from around the world. Participants discussed ways in which innovation in methodology, technology, policy and processes would help support the massive growth in road assessments and ensure that results translated into life-saving road improvements.

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Do you have an idea that can help save lives?

If you have an innovative idea that can help save lives through safer roads and safer journeys, or would like further information on our Innovation Framework please feel free to contact us.

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