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Transit IDEA J-04/IDEA 088 [Completed (IDEA)]

Evaluation of an Automatic, Individual, Computer-Based Operator Education and Training Program
[ TCRP J-04 (Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis--The Transit IDEA Program) ]

  Project Data
Funds: $100,000
Staff Responsibility: Velvet Basemera-Fitzpatrick
Research Agency: Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
Principal Investigator: Matthew Camden
Completion Date: 3/31/2021
Fiscal Year: 2017

One proven method to reduce risky driving behaviors is the combination of onboard safety monitoring systems (OSM) with operator coaching/training. Although using OSM data to create individualized coaching/training is effective, it is a time-consuming process. To address this challenge, RMJ Technologies developed Predictive Coach, an innovative driver training delivery method to reduce risky driving behavior. This project evaluated the efficacy of Predictive Coach to reduce the frequency of risky driving.

Predictive Coach uses kinematic-based OSM devices to monitor instances of risky driving, which are subsequently communicated to the back-office software and assigned to the driver in the vehicle. Once the maximum number of risky driving behaviors specified by the end-user fleet is reached, Predictive Coach automatically assigns driver training tailored specifically to address the risky behavior identified for that driver.

Results from the pilot test showed that the rates of overall risky behavior, excessive speeding, and hard cornering were found to be significantly lower during the Predictive Coach phase compared to the Baseline Phase. Specifically, the rate of overall risky driving per 1,000 miles in buses was 31% lower during the Predictive Coach program compared to before the program began. Further, the rates of excessive speeding and hard cornering events were 63% and 19% lower, respectively, during the Predictive Coach program compared to the Baseline phase. Finally, supervisor and driver indicated Predictive Coach was successful in improving safety; however, additional training content and operator education about the program is needed to ensure all operators understand how Predictive Coach works.

The final report is available.

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