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9 March 2012

‘Safe speed database launched by Quartix

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Safe Speed database from Quartix

A national database giving an indication of safe speeds for any given section of road has been assembled by telematics and tracking specialist Quartix.

The company says there is no official database of road speed limits in the UK, and in any case statutory road speeds don’t give a very precise indication of appropriate speeds for all the roads they cover. Its new database attempts to fill part of this gap.

Quartix has combined a range of external data sources with its own large database of vehicle movement data, gathered from telematics boxes installed in 30,000 vehicles. According to managing director Andy Walters: "That allows us to identify excessively high speeds, derive distributions of driving speeds, and provide comparisons with the driving norm."

The company is not suggesting that the speeds can be regarded as safe in an absolute sense. Essentially they show how fast people have been shown statistically to be able to drive successfully on given stretches of road. The objective, says Walters, is to help improve analysis of driving style by both fleet operators and insurers.

It is not a static resource, but a dynamic one that reflects changing road conditions and new developments. Technically, the company has developed a series "location data packets" covering the whole of the UK road network, which continuously update the distribution of speeds travelled in each of these locations.

Read the full story in our exclusive interview with Andy Waters of Quartix.


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