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Research Letter
May 22, 2019

Crowdsourced Traffic Data as an Emerging Tool to Monitor Car Crashes

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Family Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles
  • 2Department of Emergency Medicine, University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, Irvine
  • 3University of California Institute for Prediction Technology, Department of Informatics, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, University of California, Irvine
  • 4Department of Computer Science, Henry Samueli School of Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles
JAMA Surg. 2019;154(8):777-778. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2019.1167

More than 100 deaths daily and 2.5 million emergency department visits each year result from motor vehicle crashes, making motor vehicle crashes a leading cause of death in the United States.1,2 Reducing ambulance and emergency department treatment response time for crash patients could markedly save lives.3 We evaluated whether data from the crowdsourced traffic application Waze (Google) might be used to detect motor vehicle crashes faster than current reporting methods.

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