In Part 1 and Part 2 of this article series we introduced a student project that I’m managing at the University of Southern California Center for Systems and Software Engineering (USC CSSE). USC’s location in downtown Los Angeles is at the epicenter of a lot of bad driving, so we’re attempting a “crowdsourced bad driver reporting system” this semester, and because we need to be really productive, we’re using Enterprise Architect to model the project.
The statistics on the costs of bad driving to society and to insurance companies are staggering. Among the high points from the article linked above:
· A trillion dollars a year in costs due to vehicle accidents.
· Over 5 million reported accidents a year.
· An estimated 10 million additional unreported accidents a year
With these numbers there's a strong argument to be made for a crowdsourced approach – it’s the only viable way to get enough eyes on the road. So this semester I’m working with a group of 15 Masters students to build a “proof of concept” system, following the Resilient Agile process and leveraging parallelism, with each student assigned to a different use case and all students working in parallel.
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