Coaster for Departments of Transportation and City Planners

General App Information

The value of the Smooth Driver monitoring app for city infrastructure and departments of transportation lies in the anonymized aggregate data of drivers using the app. The data can be helpful in finding clusters of sudden stops within the municipality, indicating potential “hot spots” for further investigation. This may lead to actions such changed traffic signal timing or other actions.

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In aggregate driver use of the app, a municipality may observe clusters, such as those shown in the city administrator view shown below. One approach for acquiring driver data is drivers within the fleet of city vehicles using the app. Another approach is to promote the app to citizens of the city in a “Concerned Driver” type of program. The more drivers and more driving, the better the coverage. After installation, the drivers would enter the fleet vehicle ID assigned to the city. The city transportation administrator would have access to an equivalent of the above map showing aggregate sudden stop data across the city.

 

Upcoming Beta – Smart View for Smarter Cities

In order to provide utility, there should be a sufficient number of drivers driving around various parts of the city. The more drivers and more driving, the better the coverage. One approach is for drivers within the fleet of city vehicles to install and use the Coaster app. Another approach is to promote the usage of to citizens of the city in  a “Concerned Driver” type of program. City fleet vehicle drivers or Concerned Drivers would use a group identifier assigned to the city. The city transportation administrators would have access to a map of the city showing aggregate data. More detailed instructions are below.

 

Setup – Acquiring Driver Data

1. A city group identifier for drivers within the city would be selected (eg. “CityOfLoveDrivers1234567890” )

2.  The city fleet vehicle operators and/or Concerned Drivers would be notified of the program and availability of the Coaster app along with the city group identifier (the app is available for those with an Android device with an accelerometer and GPS).

3. Each driver downloads the app and enters the city group identifier in the Settings screen in the “Fleet ID” field.

 

City Planners View

1. The city transportation staff would have access to an equivalent of the below map showing aggregate data.

2. The users may select different filters. Those with a longer term perspective, such as a Department of Transportation, may view all historical data. Those with a shorter term perspective, such as a police departments, may view near term data.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Does the view contain personally identifiable information?

No. Currently, each installation of the app has a unique identifier but the app does not request a name or contact information nor does it has permission to access such information from the device.

2. Is there a fee to participate in the beta program?

There is no charge to the city nor the drivers to participate in the beta.

 

Contact the app owner to participate in the beta of these features in your city.