What is AiRAP?

Data is increasingly considered as critical to addressing the global road safety crisis. The UN Second Decade of Action aims to halve fatal and serious injury road crashes by 2030. For this to happen, the tools and methods used to assess and address high risk roads need to become integrated into every aspect of a road network’s planning, design, investment, construction, management and maintenance.

The AiRAP initiative was conceived by iRAP in 2019 to help improve access to, and application of, existing and emerging data sources globally, including advances in artificial intelligence, machine learning, vision systems, LIDAR, telematics and other data sources. AiRAP stands for the ‘accelerated and intelligent’ capture of road safety-related data using automatic, repeatable and scalable methods to support road safety assessment, crash risk mapping, investment prioritisation for all road users.

 iRAP’s new AiRAP accreditation ensures this data meets iRAP’s common global standard, which is already being used globally for recording of road features that impact road safety to streamline and benchmark performance.

How do I become an AiRAP data supplier?

iRAP has established a new AiRAP accreditation for the conversion of source data into iRAP attribute data. The AiRAP accreditation process will ensure data suppliers produce data in accordance with iRAP’s global standard format, regardless of the source of the data.

The accreditation process removes the need for complex data processing and storage for the data consumer. It also provides an understanding of the  reliability of the data for different geographic regions, area types and road types, as well as when and how the data should be used. The process is flexible and accommodates data derived from different types of source data, as well as different collection and processing methods.

AiRAP news:

Catch us on Podcast: NETS Talk Now, Driving Change

iRAP is proud to feature on this month's NETS Talk Now: Driving Change Podcast discussing the impact of road infrastructure safety for fleet and community safety worldwide. Guest presenter and iRAP CEO Rob McInerney said, "There is one thing everyone worldwide has in...

AiRAP presented at Global Standards Symposium calling for technical standards to support socio-economic and environmental goals

iRAP was proud to present this week, alongside UN Special Envoy for Road Safety Jean Todt, global AI innovators and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) at the Fourth Global Standards Symposium (GSS) calling for technical standards to support progress...

iRAP featured in Revista Carreteras Magazine: “Creating a world where every journey is safe. A Tragedy Every Minute.”

Thanks to the Spanish Road Association (Asociación Española de la Carretera) for its 9-page feature on iRAP "Creating a world where every journey is safe. A Tragedy Every Minute" in the latest issue 234 of Revista Carreteras Magazine. The magazine reaches 12,000...

VíaSegura: Digital technology for improving road safety

Reproduced from IDB's Moviliblog According to the World Health Organization (WHO), traffic crashes are responsible for 1.35 million deaths worldwide. Traffic fatalities are an avoidable public health crisis that particularly impacts low- and middle-income countries....

Benefit of AI in proactive road infrastructure safety management: ITF findings published

Findings of the International Transport Forum (ITF) 187 Roundtable on Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Proactive Road Infrastructure Safety Management have been published noting the important potential and role of AiRAP. AI pushes the limits of pattern recognition...

First Accredited Inspection System for LIDAR

Anditi’s Roadviewer is the 16th iRAP accredited inspection system and the first in the world that allows users to code Star Rating attributes based on 3D mobile LiDAR data. RoadViewer uses existing data captured by TomTom as part of its global mobile mapping (MoMa)...

How road authorities use high-quality map data to make roads safer for everyone

Reproduced from TomTom blog. Story by Bart Volckaert. Road crashes take a huge toll on individuals, their families, and nations, claiming the lives of more than 3,000 people each day and costing 3% of global GDP on average. By identifying and prioritizing...

Monica Olyslagers presents AiRAP at IRF Annual Meeting

iRAP Global Innovation Manager Monica Olyslagers will present AiRAP at the IRF Annual Meeting on 21 October in a session on "Unleashing the Potential of Digitalisation in the Road Sector". Registration is free for the International Road Federation (IRF)'s annual...

Event Summary: 2021 Innovation Workshop

Summary The 2021 iRAP Innovation Workshop was held on 7 and 14 October 2021 and attracted 1,314 registrations from 124 countries. It was co-hosted by iRAP and the Regional Road Safety Observatories in Africa (ARSO), Asia-Pacific (APRSO), Ibero-America (OISEVI), Europe...

Using fleets to map the safety of our streets

Using fleets to map the safety of our streets was the focus of an innovative session joined by iRAP CEO Rob McInerney recently at the Together for Safer Roads (TSR) Annual Meeting in the USA. On 14 September, Rob presented in the session alongside leading fleet...

iRAP proud to present at UN “AI for Road Safety” Launch

iRAP presented at the launch of the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety and the UN Envoy on Technology and the International Telecommunications Union’s new “AI for Road Safety" initiative on 6 October. The new global initiative will focus on the use...

Join in 5 Languages: 2021 Innovation Workshop with Regional Road Safety Observatories “Data Driven Innovation to Save Lives”

The 2021 iRAP Innovation Workshop co-hosted with the Regional Road Safety Observatories will be presented free in 5 languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Russian) on 7 and 14 October and will shine a light on “Data Driven Innovation to Halve Global Road...

Main Roads WA and Anditi break ground in AiRAP coding

Main Roads Western Australia and Anditi have revolutionized road safety assessments with an approach which automatically detects road infrastructure data applied on 2,000km of roads across the State. In their goal of Star Rating the safety of 80 per cent of the...

Australian innovation project leads world on automated data capture for RAP assessments

Improving road safety performance is a priority for all levels of government in Australia and an iMOVE project is leading the way on innovative approaches to capturing road feature data for road safety Star Ratings. The initiative is being led by Transport for NSW...

US AiRAP pilot announced

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) has called for tenders in an innovative AiRAP pilot to leverage artificial intelligence and big data to enhance road safety analysis in US networks, with expected global benefit. The 30-month research programme aims to advance...

Big data and youth voices unite for safer schools in Vietnam

An innovative pilot  by AI & Me, supported by Fondation Botnar, is using big data and AI to map pedestrian risk around 1,000 schools in Vietnam and develop an app to connect young voices with decision-makers for safer roads. AI&Me Project Manager Shanna...

Omdena Challenge collaborators share results

Collaborators on the Omdena iRAP 8 Week Challenge which aimed to crowd source AI-based solutions to map crash risk and generate iRAP star rating attribute data have shared some of their publication results. Earlier this year, 50 AI and machine learning experts...

Anditi AiRAP project receives funding boost

iRAP congratulates Anditi who has been awarded grant funding for their AiRAP project as part of an AUD$8.4 million Entrepreneurs' Programme for Australian Innovators to bring revolutionary products to market. Anditi is a key partner in iRAP's AiRAP initiative, helping...

iRAP volunteer reflects: I grew 10X while making friends from around the world

“Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t.” — Steve MaraboliRutuja Kawade, an ML Engineer at Omdena | AI for Social Good reflects to medium.com on her experience...

AiRAP R&D projects

AiRAP is being piloted as part of a number of research and innovation projects globally.

The AiRAP Automation for Australian Road Safety project is funded by iMOVE CRC and supported by the Cooperative Research Centres program, an Australian Government initiative. The project will deliver 20,000 kilometres of road attribute data for the state road network in New South Wales using TomTom’s MN-R data, as well as prove feature extraction techniques and machine learning for LiDAR data.

The AI&Me Empowering Youth for Safer Roads project is funded by Fondation Botnar and supported by the FIA Foundation. The project is using big data and AI to map pedestrian risk around 1,000 schools in Vietnam and develop an app to connect young voices with decision-makers for safer roads.

The Regional Road Safety Observatories (RRSOs) Road Safety data collection in LMICs project is funded by the World Bank. The project is pilot the use of satellite data, amongst others, to map where 75% of travel occurs across two countries, Kenya and Ethiopia, and trial the detection of speed, flow and other physical road features for the measuring and monitoring of road safety key performance indicators (KPIs).

In early 2021, more than 30 machine learning engineers, subject matter experts, and mentors collaborated as part of an Omdena challenge to work towards iRAP’s vision of “a world free of high-risk roads. The project, titled Using Convolutional Neural Networks To Improve Road Safety And Save Lives, built AI based solutions to increase road safety by mapping the crash risk on roads.

The European Commission CEF funded project SLAIN (Saving Lives Assessing and Improving TEN-T road Network safety) aims to extend the skills and knowledge base of partners in performing network-wide road assessment. Deliverables 7.3 and 7.4 relate to the methodology and improvement of automatic road-attribute coding for network-wide assessments.

For more information

Please contact:
Monica Olyslagers
Global Innovation Manager and Cities Specialist
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Andrejus Laugman
Technical Development Manager
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