A team of Israeli researchers has found that using a GPS traffic application, such as Waze, could improve the deployment of police and most accident prone sites and reduce the number of road accidents.
Waze records location data and enables users to upload and share comments on any detail, including traffic alerts, accidents or police presence.
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"Only now are we beginning to discover the potential in the huge amount of data collected daily," explained doctoral student Michael Fire from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU), who led the research.
"Studies of this kind, which monitor events such as traffic accidents over time, can help the police identify dangerous sections of roads in real time, or alternatively, locations where few police are needed," added Fire, according to a BGU statement.
"There were numerous instances where the police were manning quieter intersections, while busier intersections went unmonitored," Fire said.
"According to the data, police response time varied from 20 minutes to 40 minutes in some situations."
These findings were presented at the IEEE 27th Convention of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in Israel.