Last month, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration launched SaferBus, the smartphone app that allows bus travelers to view motorcoach safety data before buying their tickets or boarding their bus. That app has already been well-received and is making a difference for consumers across the country.
Today, FMCSA is challenging student developers to take our safety data one step further. The US DOT Motorcoach Safety Data Student Challenge asks software developers to create apps and online solutions that go beyond SaferBus in helping consumers make smart safety decisions about their bus travel.
DOT makes available to the public performance data about interstate commercial bus companies, but it will take a consumer-minded developer to transform that raw data into innovative, user-friendly tools for travelers.
What data do bus passengers need to make the smartest travel decisions? What information will travelers need to key in to get the results that serve them best? What's a useful format for the results?