Without roads, no country would be able to function. All countries’ growth and progress are tied to their roads in some way. Even though these better surfaces make it easier for traffic to move, they also bring with them one of the worst things that has ever happened to society: road accidents.
WHO says that about 1.3 billion people die every year because of car crashes. With things getting worse, 1.5 lakh people have died in car accidents in India in 2021 alone. Because of the way things are now, we need to come up with new ways to deal with this problem.
Over time, the world has gotten faster and started using new tools. Technology has also made driving and being on the road safer by cutting down on car crashes and making transportation better. Technology has shown time and again that it can help fix problems with road safety. Let’s look at some of the ways that technological systems have made roads safer:
Also growing by leaps and bounds is the car business. seeing a big rise in the use of technology, which has led to the addition of new features,
The Automated Emergency Braking System is a great piece of cutting-edge technology that may have helped cut down on car crashes. AEB can quickly apply the brakes if it senses stopped traffic, even if the driver isn’t able to act quickly. This is meant to prevent accidents that are about to happen. Blind Spot Warning is another function that helps drivers avoid accidents when changing lanes. It alerts the driver if there is a car in their blind spot. There are different kinds of this sensor, but the ones that use symbols or sounds are the most popular.
The next technology that has made a big difference in road safety is adaptive headlights. Unpaved roads, dark nights, and other things make accidents much more likely. But with Adaptive Headlights, driving is safer, especially at night, because the headlights move with the steering wheel and adjust to the conditions of the road. Other new technologies that are built into the way cars work are the lane departure warning, the forward collision system, and the curve speed warning, among others.
With the help of technology, cameras have given us much-needed insight into many things that help prevent car accidents.
Individually, cars with camera sensors can tell if a driver is tired or drowsy by watching their eyes and tracking their head movements. Drivers who are tired or drowsy are more likely to be distracted, which is a major cause of car crashes. With this camera set up, drivers will be able to fix their mistakes by getting tips or warnings.
When cameras are put up along roads, they can also be used for something else. Here, the cameras are used to watch for speeding and keep an eye on the roads. Over speeding is very dangerous for both drivers and people walking on the street, and these cameras can record when a car goes over the speed limit. This lets the authorities take stricter action against speeding drivers and create a better environment where speeding rules are followed. Countries like the U.K. use cameras with traffic lights, which isn’t very common, to count how many people are waiting to cross the street and make the “walk” sign stay on for longer. This helps mostly keep people from getting hit by cars.
Enhanced Emergency Services
Delays in medical care are one of the main reasons why people die on the road, and new tools have been made to solve this problem. It makes sure that the right medical care gets to the patients as quickly as possible.
To help this cause, cars and trucks now have different parts. In the event of an accident, some cars can send instant messages to different people. While others can send a list of possible injuries to make sure the right care is given. This kind of method makes it easier for emergency medical services to get to the scene of an accident faster, especially on roads and lanes with less traffic. Companies are always trying to come up with new tools that speed up the delivery of medical care and shorten the time it takes to respond to an accident.
Monitoring Driving Behaviour
Accidents on the road are most often caused by mistakes made by people. Because of mistakes they made, many people died in terrible ways. Most of the time, this problem is caused by people moving in unsafe ways. Drivers don’t care about their safety and do things that make them less safe. They put themselves and everyone else on the road at risk of getting into a crash. Technology has grown to the point where even a simple phone can now keep track of dangerous driving habits that could lead to an accident.
This technology will let drivers know when they are driving too fast or in a dangerous way, like using their phones or going over the speed limit. People will be able to understand their own driving better and be more likely to try to get better. These technologies change how dangerous drivers act, which gets rid of one of the main reasons why cars crash. Some companies have also put in place Driving Safety Solutions to make sure the safety of field workers, who are more likely to get into car crashes because of their jobs.
Message boards are often used at different points along the roads. It is used to show important information that walkers and drivers need to know. These messages are about anything linked to road safety, such as reminders to wear seatbelts or helmets, stay under the speed limit, etc. Now, the boards have changed to include real-time information like the current traffic situation, future traffic jams, or ongoing roadwork. This function is helpful for drivers.
These message boards can be handled from a distance and can be paired with cameras to better keep an eye on traffic. The cameras will be able to tilt, zoom, or pan, giving the users a better view. Remote video monitoring will help improve road safety steps.
Because technology is so common now, smart road infrastructure is now a real thing. Cities can have better roads with IoT devices, connected traffic lights, etc. Technology makes it possible for the right people to gather and look at day-to-day information. So, it basically makes a setting where traffic can be managed well. The same thing can also be used to track car accidents in real time and study what causes them. Goals for sustainable growth are also helped by smart roads.
The Road Ahead
There are still a lot of changes being made to the future of technology and the mobility business to bring in new technologies like connected cars. They are trying to cut down on road crashes as much as possible and want everyone to be able to learn about road safety. The situation right now makes it very important to find ways to help save lives. With more study, this picture of technology and road safety will change in a huge way. By using technology to cut down on car accidents, the future looks a little better. If people keep working, they can make sure that their loved ones don’t die and that the business doesn’t lose a lot of money.