Imagine a city that tracks driver behaviors — watching them speed up too quickly, brake hard, turn sharply — not to hand out fines but in an effort to make its streets safer.
Chicago recently launched its Vision Zero Action Plan, a data-driven strategy aimed to eliminate Chicago's traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2026.
Last month, the city took its initiative a step further by officially partnering with Arity, a connected-car technology company founded by Allstate Corp. in 2016. Each month, Arity collects 1 billion miles of driving data from more than 1 million mobile phone and in-car devices. The company analyzes that data to identify behavioral patterns that lead to traffic accidents. The Chicago Department of Transportation has been working with Arity, without a formal partnership, for about a year.
With Arity's data and technology, CDOT will gain insights to understand the risk of specific streets and intersections across the city and determine where infrastructure adjustments should be made to improve traffic safety.
Chicago already has data on basic crash reporting, but Arity's front-row seat of the driver experience "provided another layer to augment what we can know about fatalities on the streets of Chicago. They are a company who is built around understanding behavior and risk," said Kevin O'Malley, managing deputy commissioner of CDOT.