Rubberneck From Home With London Accident Mapper

By Gary Cutlack on at

An interactive map that displays accidents reported to police across London is now online, showing where and when car, bike, pedestrian, taxi and motorbike collisions took place.

The data from Collision Map covers ten years of accidents between 2005 and 2014, and comes complete with sad summaries of official reports about who hit what and what the outcome was. You can filter the results to only show fatalities, you sicko, or the toggles can be toggled to pick out the mild accidents where cyclists were scraped along the road for a bit but ultimately lived to tell the tale and upload the headcam footage to YouTube.

It's all about making both the public and road authorities aware of danger spots according to Transport for London, with TfL's Isabel Dedring, the Deputy Mayor for Transport, saying: "Safety continues to improve on London’s roads, but we are not complacent. It is a top priority and that’s why the Mayor set a new target to bring down the number of people killed or seriously injured even further. This map is part and parcel of our drive to improve road safety awareness and complements ongoing work to overhaul and improve London’s key roads and junctions."

The plan is to release an API to allow external access to the accident data, meaning you could one day have an app that vibrates your phone madly should you drive/ride/walk near a previous accident site. [Collision Map via Standard]