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New project enables improved traffic safety

Now the PICTA project TEAPaN has been granted financing for the next two years. The collaborative partners want to contribute to more efficient use of society's limited resources with respect to traffic accidents, increased precision in deployment and reduced occurrence of deaths and injuries.
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With Vinnova's FFI publication 'System of Systems', TEAPaN (Traffic Event Assessment, Prioritizing and Notification) received SEK 5 million in financing. Partners in the project with a total budget of SEK 10 million include Volvo Car Group, Consat, Detecht, SOS International, the University of Borås/Prehospen, Chalmers, VTI and the Emergency Healthcare and Ambulance Centre within VGR. 

The objective is to improve traffic safety for everyone in the event of an accident or sudden illness by means of early identification and more accurate assessment, prioritisation and deployment. This necessitates the establishment of fundamental conditions for collaboration between the public sector, private sector and individuals, e.g. in an open interface and permanent connection to alarm and deployment resources.  

With connected vehicles and traffic environments, vehicles and traffic participants can generate incident alarms, wherein information is sent to TEAPaN Services for analysis and evaluation with the assistance of decision-making support, etc. and whereing results and documentation are shared with alarm and emergency vehicle operators for the correct prioritisation and administration. 

- It is unbelievably gratifying to now finally have succeeded in landing this project after several years and thus the work with the important community innovation that it entails can begin, says Bengt Arne Sjöqvist, head of the programme at PICTA.

- TEAPaN builds on the Via Appia project that we initiated within SAFER in 2014/2015. In spite of difficulties with external financing, we have an inner circle that believes this project is too important to allow it to die, so work on the project continues assiduously. This has taken place most recently within the post-crash focus group that PICTA runs together with SAFER, explains Bengt Arne. 

The project will be led by Hanna Maurin Söderholm, deputy programme manager at PICTA.

- In order reach our goal, there are a number of people and organisations that have been involved and invested a great deal of effort and thought into the project, so now we are really excited to have the opportunity to take to the next step together, says Hanna. 

With the breadth of participants, we cover all aspects within the field, which is unique and establishes the best possible conditions for the collaboration, says Hanna.

In the first phase of the project, the foundation for this community innovation is established and an ecosystem receives products and services. The focus is the value chain and improvements with respect to the choice of resources and precision in decision-making. Realistic simulations will be implemented and business models, integrity and data management will be studied.