Informal public transport -- Safety measures

Zeeman, A. S.
Booysen, Marthinus J.
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The informal transport industry in Sub-Saharan Africa is notoriously dangerous, leading to many fatalities annually. This paper presents an innovative way of monitoring driver behaviour, in real-time, by taking into account road design standards and vehicle dynamics. A theoretical model is presented that combines acceleration and speed data into an erratic driving detection algorithm. The model presents a novel use of commonly used civil engineering principles, used in road design. Evaluation of the models, using actual minibus taxi data, demonstrates that it successfully detect reckless driving. An online platform is presented to visualise the tracked vehicle and the driving behaviour.
SATC2014, 07-10 Jul 2014, CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria, South Africa.
33rd Southern African Transport Conference
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Public transport, driver behaviour, minibus taxi, Intelligent transportaiton systems, Minibus taxis -- South Africa, Road safety -- Monitoring, Reckless driving -- Monitoring, Accelerometers