White House, Transportation Dept. want help using open data to prevent traffic crashes
August 31, 2016
The rate of fatal crashes in the U.S. shot up 7.2 percent in 2015, according to recently released department data.
David Stegon was a staff reporter for FedScoop and StateScoop from 2011-2014.
The Department of Transportation launched the Safety Data Initiative on Wednesday, a program aimed at making government data relating to every aspect of safety available to the public.
The initiative hopes to stimulate the development of innovative apps and services fueled by that data. It was announced by Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and Federal Chief Technology Officer Todd Park as part of the Department of Transportation’s National Transportation Week.
“We know that helping Americans gain access to practical information can help them make smarter, safer choices,” LaHood and Park wrote on the White House blog. “So, coordinated by DOT, this new collaborative effort involving Federal agencies and members of the public aims to unleash Americans’ entrepreneurial spirit by encouraging participants to build a range of innovative digital tools and mobile applications to enhance public and product safety.”