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IoT on the Road

IoT Is Helping Make Our Roads Much Safer

With roads becoming increasingly dangerous, more people are at risk of getting into accidents, sustaining injuries, and losing their life. This unfavorable reality has inspired cities to incorporate IoT technology into their transportation operations and systems. What’s more, with more collisions and deaths occurring, maintenance and repair costs are skyrocketing. With the implementation of advanced technologies, there’s hope that we can avoid these catastrophic, adverse, and costly outcomes.

The Benefits Of IoT On The Road

Using IoT technology, it’s possible to eliminate risks, avoid damage, and reduce costs. Moreover, with smart devices and connected sensors, we can gather and analyze pertinent data. This information will enable authorities to develop sensible strategies that promote optimal safety. Best of all, IoT technology makes it easier to predict the outcome and efficacy of specific measures and precautions.

Improving Driver Behavior

Unfortunately, most road accidents are caused by human error. From speeding to driving under the influence, people are primarily to blame for collisions and casualties that happen on the road. While there are rules to help prevent these unfortunate scenarios, not everyone abides by these necessary regulations. Not only can IoT technology hold drivers accountable, but it can also encourage them to adopt safer habits.

Telematics companies are at the forefront of these developments. For example, to help fleet management companies reduce accidents, telematics corporations use IoT technology to collect data and give insight into what a driver is doing. For instance, telematics can determine how fast a driver is traveling, if they’re wearing a seatbelt, and if they’re driving recklessly. This information helps companies identify which safe driving practices are being neglected. From there, they can improve driver behavior through informed decision-making and educated analysis.

Disaster Prevention

When roadblocks rear their unwanted heads, they can cause congestion and fatalities. Additionally, updates to transportation infrastructure can create potholes and make bridges more vulnerable. These complications make drivers more susceptible to accidents. IoT technology provides a solution to this ongoing problem.

With IoT sensors and smart cement, cities can track the progress of infrastructure projects. Furthermore, this technology can notify authorities when setbacks occur. As a result, drivers remain out of harm’s way and, in turn, gain peace of mind. For added disaster prevention, communication systems are being employed.

This intelligent technology transfers information that helps manage traffic situations. With this heightened awareness, people can protect themselves and others. Waze is a prime example of how this software is being optimized. With guidance from GPS navigation software, drivers can deviate from dangerous paths.

Traffic Avoidance

Traffic control plays a prominent role in keeping roads clear and safe. Without adequate traffic control, inclement weather and road hazards are liable to trigger traffic jams and incidents. With that said, to stave off potentially dangerous situations, cities need to have a handle on traffic issues.

IoT road sensors assist in doing just that. By providing real-time data, IoT sensors breathe clarity and transparency into traffic developments. Most notably, this technology seamlessly integrates into existing systems. Sensors can be added under roads, measuring weather, traffic volume, and accident changes as cars drive by.

This information is gathered in servers, allowing authorities to analyze evolving information from regions that are equipped with IoT technology. In addition to optimizing maintenance resources, IoT sensors can also alert people of hazards. In essence, IoT sensors make it simple for officials to remain privy to traffic and road conditions.

Driving Forward

IoT is already helping make our roads much safer. But this is just the beginning. The true power of IoT in ensuring safe driving continues to be unleashed as cars move toward becoming fully autonomous and start interacting with their environment and making decisions on their own.

If you want to learn more about IoT on the Road, you can speak to one of the team members at Davra to explain how IoT technology can benefit your drivers and help you contribute to road safety. Click here to contact Davra today!



Brian McGlynn, Davra, COO

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