Evaluating the Effectiveness of Onboard Video Feedback Systems on Reducing Transit Collisions and Injuries

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Journal Article

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mode - bus, technology - intelligent transport systems, planning - safety/accidents, ridership - drivers


onboard video feedback systems, passenger safety, transit safety, reduction in collisions, reduction in injuries, risky driving behaviors


In the mid-2000s, public transit agencies began testing onboard video feedback systems on buses, which capture short video clips when triggered by an unusual event such as hard braking, a sharp turn, or impact with an object. The objective of this study was to determine whether the systems have enhanced passenger safety by reducing the frequency and severity of collisions and injuries and to identify lessons learned from the implementation of such systems. The study concludes that the systems appear to have a positive impact on transit safety achieved through a reduction in collisions and injuries and the risky driving behaviors that contribute to them. The systems provide transit mangers with a wealth of information about their employees’ driving habits that was not previously available. Transit agencies should consider investing in such systems as one component of an overall safety and training program.


Permission to publish the abstract has been given by National Center for Transit Research, University of South Florida, copyright remains with them.