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iRAP’s research and innovation initiatives, projects and partnerships help create the tools to improve safety across our road networks – for everyone.

Innovation initiatives and projects

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AiRAP stands for the ‘accelerated and intelligent’ capture of road safety-related data using automatic, repeatable and scalable methods.Click here for more information
CycleRAP is an easy, affordable and fast method of evaluating road and bicycling infrastructure to reduce crashes and improve safety specifically for bicyclists and other light mobility users. Click here for more information

Star Rating for Designs (SR4D) provides road designers the means to ensure road safety is ‘built in’ to a road design for before it is built to help achieve UN Target 3.

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YEA is an intuitive digital risk-perception tool that allows students to map locations where they feel “safe” or “unsafe” on their journey to school.

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AI&Me: Empowering youth for safer roads in 2021, supported by Fondation Botnar – a foundation which champions the use of AI and digital technologies to improve the wellbeing of young people in urban environments – co-funded by FIA Foundation, and implemented in partnership with Anditi and iRAP.

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The big data screening methodology aims to use big data sources, particularly telematics, and satellite data, to collect road, infrastructure, and sociodemographic attributes and flag risky schools where the combination of the environmental elements might represent a risk for students. 

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The ‘Predictive Approaches for Safer Urban Environment’ (PHOEBE) project aims to increase the road safety of vulnerable road users, especially those who use active mobility and e-scooters through the inter-disciplinary power of traffic simulation and road safety assessment.

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ELABORATOR uses a holistic approach for planning, designing, implementing and deploying specific innovations and interventions towards safe, inclusive and sustainable urban mobility. The interventions will be demonstrated in 12 European cities.

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The Route Review Tool (RRT) is a web tool for road safety engineers. The RRT makes it easy to work with iRAP results and turn ideas into real road safety changes.

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Light data methods for network scanning have been developed and tested by EuroRAP, ThaiRAP and Austroads.

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User Defined Investment Plans enable road engineers to tailor Star Rating and Safer Road Investment Plans (SRIP) to better suit local conditions, their objectives for their road network and budget.

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Social impact investing aims to ‘unlock’ the benefits of improving road safety by mobilising private-sector finance and donor funding through “Saving Lives Bonds”

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Mapping where 75% of travel occurs across a road network to help achieve UN Target 4.

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Analysis of Star Ratings by gender will help us better understand and compare the differences in safety as a result of gender differences in mode and travel patterns.

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Decimal Star Ratings will enable a greater level of resolution in the assessment of the level of safety built into a road section.

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Impact monitoring and evaluation to understand how iRAP’s activities and protocols are reducing injury lives saved and injuries reduced across 100+ countries.

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Partnership initiatives

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iRAP and partner initiatives to further research, knowledge sharing and development of tools for improved speed management.

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iRAP and partner initiatives to deliver “Smart Motorway” or “ITS” model enhancements to expand the range of safety treatments to include ITS and related technologies.

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iRAP and partner initiatives to understand the role road safety assessments will have in ensuring infrastructure design supports the driver assistance technologies and increasing levels of autonomous vehicles.

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The Road Safety Foundation’s Active Travel Tool aims to help UK road authorities evaluate active travel facilities for both safety according to Safe System principles and age and ability.

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Innovation Partnerships

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

What is the Innovation Framework?

The Innovation Framework provides the governance structures, partnerships and discipline for the development and operations of new products and services, modelling innovations and partnerships which use iRAP intelligence.

The Framework addresses:

  • Strategic fit, investment and long-term viability
  • Model and product governance and approval gateways
  • Product planning and development processes, and
  • IP management.

iRAP innovation can be done by iRAP, iRAP Centres of Excellence or others (third parties). Innovation products are grouped into three types:

iRAP products use iRAP’s models and are free to use. Only iRAP and iRAP Centres of Excellence can lead model development.
RAPapps are iRAP or third party enhanced products that use the iRAP models and are embedded with iRAP systems and may have pricing.
Made Safer by iRAP are third party, externally-hosted products that use iRAP models (core or enhanced) or data and may have pricing.

Model and product governance 

The model development and the technical integrity of iRAP protocols worldwide is overseen by the Global Technical Committee (GTC). The GTC reports directly to the iRAP Board and 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.


The integrity of iRAP’s models rely on robust road safety research, including that done by our Centres of Excellence.

For more on the research underpinning iRAP’s models, see our Methodology Factsheets

Have an idea?

Let us know! iRAP always welcomes new ideas for tools and research to help make roads safer.

Remember, the IP underpinning iRAP’s models and tools remains the property of iRAP. Our models must not be copied or our tools used to reverse-engineer the models. For more information, see the ViDA terms and conditions or contact our Global Technical Director.

Please contact: 

James Bradford
Global Technical Director

Monica Olyslagers
Global Innovation Manager and Cities Specialist

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