USDOT issues 4 contracts for data-driven safety research

Dive Brief:
The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has issued contract awards to four vendors tasked with leveraging data to help address the country’s “most pressing and persistent surface transportation safety problems.”

The contract awards follow a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) declaring the Office of the Secretary of Transportation’s (OST) interest in utilizing data to gain actionable insights into four transportation topics: precursors to crashes; pedestrian and bicyclist safety; intersections; and non-fatal injury crashes. These insights will be utilized to inform decision-making within the USDOT’s Safety Data Initiative (SDI).

The concept development contracts were issued to micromobility data management platform Populus ($48,200), accounting firm KPMG ($49,900), tech consultancy firm Bytecubed ($49,300) and the Regents of the University of Michigan ($50,000). Each vendor will have until Dec. 27 to develop their concept designs, after which USDOT will select vendors to award follow-on contracts.