Do hazard warning apps harm traffic safety? Coyote reacts to the controversy: “The numbers speak for themselves”

A statement corroborated, according to Vias, by the Institute’s latest study carried out among 2,000 internet users: all systems combined, users of these applications would receive flashes twice as often as those who do not use them: 0.54 fines per driver in the last 12 months, compared to 0.27. A difference to qualify, however, due to the higher average mileage traveled, 14,507 km compared to 10,518. The difference in the number of speeding fines per 10,000 km is therefore less pronounced (0.38 vs 0.26), but no less significant.

When contacted, the company Coyote did not want to react emotionally. But he prepared his own analyses. “The numbers speak for themselves,” says Vincent Hébert, general manager of Coyote Benelux. Because if, at the beginning, Coyote really intended to alert its users about radars present on their trips, we very quickly optimized our service. And radars only concern a minority of alerts: just 5%. The rest are tens of millions of annual alerts warning about accidents, slowdowns, traffic jams, extreme conditions (ice, snow, aquaplaning, etc.), dangerous curves, holes in the roads, stuck vehicles, ghost drivers… Whatever your detractors think , the Coyote is an important player in traffic safety.”

Vincent Hébert then presents the numbers, taken from empirical data provided by the community of 1.6 million users. Coyote, in 2023, there are 55,944 accident alerts, 50,220 deteriorated road alerts, 50,307 obstacle reports, 15,773 construction site movement reports, 128,031 road narrowing alerts, 16,422 slippery road alerts, 655,030 vehicles stopped on the road. lane, 11,572 fog alerts and just over 20 million slowdown alerts for “just” a small million speed camera alerts.

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Additionally, 118 ghost drivers have been reported by the Coyote community. This made it possible to intercept 23 before, perhaps, a tragedy occurred. “Coyote is a road safety tool that saves lives. Even those most resistant to this type of device cannot object that driving assistance assistants have become objectively essential road safety tools, comments Vincent Hébert. The safety of our users and drivers in general is our responsibility and our goal is to make our roads safer.”

Since 2016, Coyote has collaborated with the Federal Highway Police, providing the Police with an interface dedicated to ghost vehicles reported by Coyote users. “As soon as a vehicle in the opposite direction is reported by one of the Coyote community members, a flashing light/siren is activated and the dedicated interface locates the location in real time, which allows the Police to react more quickly to the situation. , because in this type of case every second counts.

Furthermore, since the launch of ‘predictive safety’ technology in June 2020, Coyote has analyzed data from its user community and identified 22,000 curves considered dangerous. And warn drivers in advance. “When comparing before/after implementing predictive safety, we saw a significant drop in speed of about 10% in these dangerous locations.”

Finally, the numbers provided by Coyote tend to show that 96% of the app’s users slow down when a dangerous situation is reported and 93% say they respect speeds more. “In France, teams responsible for road safety arrive on average, thanks to Coyote, 4 minutes faster than before at the scene of accidents. Even the police advertise their mobile checks on social media (Editor’s note: the West BW police zone, for example). Reporting mobile speed cameras is preventative. Thanks to our data, we also indicate the police zones where speed is less respected and this is where they decide to install speed cameras. After all these numbers, no one can objectively say anymore that Coyote is an app that harms traffic safety.”

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