The first project will focus on improving public safety with a special focus on reducing the number of fatal accidents involving public transit buses through sophisticated sensors and data collection techniques.
The Indian Institute of Technology Madras is collaborating with Renault Nissan Technology and Business Center India Private Limited (RNTBCI) to reduce road accident fatalities in Chennai and adjoining districts through two projects. This initiative is in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
IIT Madras’s Connected Intelligent Urban Transportation Lab will create innovative, technological and data-driven solutions to improve road safety.
RNTBCI has contributed to IIT Madras as part of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The MoU today (2nd April 2022) has been signed by Prof. Mahesh Panchganula, Dean (Alumni and Corporate Relations), IIT Madras and Debashis Neogi, Managing Director, Renault Nissan Technology and Business Center India Pvt. Presence of Nataraja Sundaram Balasubramanian, Vice President, RNTBCI.
A year-long hackathon called ‘Accidents’ will be conducted and the best ideas of road safety and accident prevention will be implemented. The Center for Innovation, a voluntary student organization of IIT Madras, will conduct the hackathon.
The first project aims to improve public safety in Chennai with a special focus on reducing the number of fatal accidents involving public transit buses.
Of the fatal accidents in Chennai in 2019, more than 10 per cent were caused by buses. This fraction is double the number reported across the country. In 2019, there were more than 80 deaths on public transit buses. In addition, about 100 people have been seriously injured in accidents. In addition to the burden on public transit agencies in the form of high payments as opposed to claims, these accidents have large social costs.
The IIT Madras project offers the use of sophisticated sensors and data collection techniques to better understand the root causes of bus accidents and offers innovative ways to significantly reduce them.
The second project under this initiative will focus on the use of innovative technology at low cost in accident prevention in Chennai, Kanchipuram, Thiruvallur and Chengalpattu.
In the last few years, Tamil Nadu has performed very well among the states in reducing road accident deaths. Although Tamil Nadu as a state saw improvement between 2017 and 2019, the city of Chennai has recorded an upward trend till 2019. Chennai recorded 1,252 deaths in 2019, 50 per cent more than in 2015 and 100 per cent more than the number reported. 2010.
As a large metropolitan area, the challenges facing Chennai are unique and complex. A large proportion of serious and fatal accidents involve at-risk road users – pedestrians, cyclists and two-wheelers. The project seeks to address the challenge of reducing accidents in the Chennai mega region by harnessing the innovative potential of students and the start-up community.