If you've ever read the statistics regarding traffic accidents in the U.S., you would know they're grim. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Organization, over 36,000 fatalities occurred as a result of motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2019. While this number is down two percent from the following year, it's still extremely large. Fortunately, advancements in technology can help keep our roads safer and reduce such harrowing statistics. To learn about some of the different types of technology that can help reduce traffic accidents, continue reading.
Automatic Emergency Braking Technology
Many modern vehicles are being equipped with automatic emergency braking technology to help reduce the frequency and severity of collisions. Automatic emergency braking is a feature that helps drivers optimize the braking capacity of their vehicle. It may also act independently to brake on its own in critical situations.
If the system detects that a forward crash is imminent, it'll first alert the driver to take corrective action. If such action is not taken, the system will apply the brakes to help prevent or reduce the severity of the crash.
Industrial Networking Equipment
Traffic intersections are a common place where traffic accidents occur. Fortunately, industrial networking equipment can help resolve many of the primary problems intersection monitoring systems face. For example, industrial networking equipment can gather information from edge level devices and transport it efficiently to traffic management centers.
In doing so, industrial networking equipment helps facilitate real-time monitoring of intersections so adjustments can be made to the traffic signals based on the number of vehicles waiting at a given time--rather than relying on outdated timer systems. As a result, industrial network equipment can help improve traffic safety by allowing drivers to navigate through cross-traffic at intersections more smoothly and efficiently, thus reducing dangerous traffic jams.
Lane Departure Warning Systems
Another type of technology that can help reduce traffic accidents is a lane departure warning (LDW) system. A lane departure warning system is a type of technology that uses a camera to monitor the lane markings on a road and detect when the vehicle strays out of its lane. In a scenario where a vehicle drifts out of a lane without engaging the turn signal, the LDW system will alert the driver of the accidental lane shift so they can correct their action. Typically, the LDW system will turn on when the vehicle is traveling at least 30 or 40 miles per hour. Such a system has the potential to greatly reduce the amount of car accidents caused by distracted or drowsy driving.