Context Road accidents are main cause of unnatural road deaths among children and youth. Children are vulnerable when they travel unaccompanied to school: walking/cycling, using public transport or dedicated school transport. School transport system requires modernization and more focus on children safety at all stages of the trip.
Process Based on own research regarding effectiveness of Intelligent Transport Systems for school travel, a model of support system for children mobility management was developed to ensure children’s safety in a door-to-door perspective. Aim of the system is to i.e. inform parents and school on child location, assist stakeholders supervising school transport to plan optimal routes of buses. The model of the system is composed of five modules: location of children’s tags, location of intelligent bus stops, location of children on the bus, location of children at school, optimisation of bus route, safe travelling.
Analysis Different variables were analysed and practical verification of the model was done based on data from one of the regions in Poland. Model of the system refers to all stages of school travel and includes technologies supporting children on way to school.
Outcomes Preliminary validation of the system’s model was positive; journey supported by the system was safer than without system. Further analyses should be carried out on a wider scale and model should be expanded with other elements.
Learning Outcomes It is crucial to investigate possibilities of children safety improvements with relation to the use of modern technology measures, which should encompass other road users too.
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