DataKind's Vision Zero project, in partnership with Microsoft and municipal governments, launched in 3 cities-New York, New Orleans and Seattle-and uses a combination of public and private data to provide insights about each city's transportation. In New York, for example, DataKind accessed traffic and other transportation data from the Department of Transportation, city- and state-level open data, as well as other proprietary data. The datasets included information on past crashes, roadway attributes (e.g. lanes, traffic signals, and sidewalks), land use, demographic data, commuting patterns, parking violations and existing safety intervention placements.
Microsoft's Tech & Civic Engagement Group supports the Vision Zero project analyzing transportation and traffic data, whereby DataKind Labs generates insights to share with local decision makers to help prevent traffic related deaths and injuries. Through a newly formed Datakind Labs project, Vision Zero hosted a data drive in Seattle where volunteers (including some from Microsoft) assisted in data collection and analysis.
The project aims to help local decision makers understand which engineering and enforcement interventions will be most effective at addressing each city’s local efforts to increase traffic safety. In New York the project helped map the most heavily trafficked areas, allowing city officials to put in place better policies to prevent future road accidents.