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New app uses police data to warn of accident hotspots

A new app that assesses the road ahead in real-time and warns drivers of potential accident hotspots has launched in the UK.

The app combines critical data from over 1.3 million accidents with an AI machine-learning algorithm to calculate a risk score and provide warnings

The Safescape app combines data provided by the police on 1.3 million accidents over the past 10 years along with an AI machine-learning algorithm to calculate a risk score and provide appropriate audible and visual warnings to drivers, based on a traffic light system.

“There are around 3,500 ‘safety’ cameras on the roads today, but we know most of the 238,000 accidents occurring annually don’t even happen at these locations,” said Stuart Petersen, VP of Distribution & Partnerships at Safescape Intelligent Systems, the company behind the app. “You only have to look at the meteoric rise in dashcams to realise people want to feel safe in their cars. Safescape arms drivers with the best knowledge to adjust their speed accordingly, intensify their focus and hopefully stay out of harm’s way.”

The app can also integrate with third-party and OEM offerings such as navigation, driver assist and telematics systems, and is available now on the Apple and Android platform on the iOS AppStore and Android Play Store.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.