Fit2Drive project awarded funding by The Road Safety Trust

The Road Safety Trust, dedicated to achieving zero deaths and serious injuries on UK roads, has funded over £1million to eight organisations across the UK for technology-focussed road safety projects.

The Fit2Drive project seeks to repurpose technology from telematics insurance to better understand the day-to-day behaviour and fitness to drive of elderly drivers.

This project brings together leading vehicle risk monitoring expertise (The Floow) working with clinicians (Sheffield Teaching Hospital), academics (University of Sheffield), medtech innovation experts (NIHR Devices for Dignity MedTech Co-operative) and UK testing centres (Driving Mobility). This unique collaboration will undertake an innovative telematics clinical trial seeking to understand both older elderly risk behaviours and how new technology could help make fitness to drive processes more cost effective, fairer and safer for all.

Sam Chapman, Chief Innovation Officer at The Floow said:

The Fit2Drive project is unique globally in bringing together driver monitoring, clinical assessment, driver assessors, and elderly drivers themselves. This will help gather new knowledge of elderly drivers’ risk alongside testing for new approaches supporting improved fitness to drive assessments. This has strong potential to make not just elderly drivers and our roads safer but also enable safe elderly drivers to maintain freedom to drive for longer”.

Sally Lines, Chief Executive of Road Safety Trust said:

We really welcome the project from The Floow as it has a clear link to how technology can be used to improve road safety and in turn help us work towards our vision of zero deaths and serious injuries on UK roads.”

The project will be centred on a testbed location surrounding Sheffield City Region and will start live testing of new fitness to drive assessment approaches from January 2022.

For more information visit The Road Safety Trust website