Starting in 2013, with support from the World Bank, the Department of Transportation (“DOTr”) began piloting an open-source, web-based platform – which, among other tasks, supported the creation of a digital, geo-spatially referenced and real-time database of road crashes.
Data for Road Incident Visualization Evaluation and Recording (DRIVER)
This pilot platform has been successfully deployed in Cebu and Manila, and combined, more than 30,000 unique reports have been entered since the platform was introduced. The free platform was hosted by DOST and accessible via the Internet.
Building upon the success of this pilot initiative, DOTr, together with the World Bank and the Inter-Agency Committee on Road Safety, have embarked on a national-level open data program for crash reporting – the Data for Road Incident Visualization Evaluation and Reporting System or the DRIVER System (“DRIVER”) which can be publicly accessed at www.roadsafety.gov.ph website.
DRIVER provides a centralized and national platform for gathering, reporting, and analysis of crashes across the Philippines. The open-source platform includes:
- A web-based interface;
- A companion android application for data entry;
- Automated reporting based on the most common reports across agencies;
- Custom search and filter tools; and
- Statistical tools for identifying high-incident areas over time, predicting likelihood of incidents throughout the day and week, and tracking infrastructure interventions.
DRIVER empowers both the national and the local government to make evidence-based decisions in road safety interventions including optimization of traffic enforcer assignment, identification of needed traffic infrastructure and equipment, development of laws and policies among other things. DRIVER also provides standardized terms and definitions for road incident reporting which will allow the government to make accurate analysis on road incident data. Currently, the platform is being used by four entities: MMDA, Cebu City, Dipolog City, and BGC which have recorded more than 4000 incidents since September 30, 2016.
(1) https://roadsafety.gov.ph: This is the live version hosted by DICT and in use by the Philippines government. Public users can view data, but cannot add data or use any of the administrative functions of the platform. By using API with this instance, developers can access real-time crash data, which does not include sensitive details about the vehicles or persons involved.
(2) https://roadsafety.io: This is a demo instance that has been set up for the hack-a-thon. Users logging in will automatically have analyst privileges to the platform and can add and edit records. The data included this instance are real historical data, scrubbed of privacy-sensitive details. By using the API with this instance, developers can experiment with additional API features not usually available to the public.