With the advancement of technology comes an increase in knowledge. From self-driving cars to up-to-date maps of the roads around you, technology is certainly making an impact in the realm of transportation.
So how does technology play a key role in accident rates? Essentially, this technology is helping people become smarter drivers on the road.
Human Error and Needs
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, 94 percent of all accidents are due to human error. To take away the factor of human error with fully automated self-driving cars could mean saving thousands of lives a year.
Not only do self-driving cars have quicker reaction times than humans, but they also negate the issue of distracted driving. New advancements are constantly being made with self-driving vehicles, and NHTSA even states that by 2025 there will be fully automated safety features including highway autopilot.
In addition to improvements in safety, self-driving cars also increase efficiency and convenience as well as open up a whole new realm of mobility for people with disabilities.
Online maps can help showcase potential dangers on the road such as stopped cars or accidents, as well as display where the most dangerous intersections are. Technology that brings awareness to dangerous intersections is so important for driver safety. With 40 percent of car accidents occurring at intersections, having the knowledge of what areas to be cautious of is crucial.
Many dangerous intersections could have flawed design or structure. When we’re able to see where these trouble spots are, we can re-route accordingly.
Smart phone navigation tools like Waze are designed as a community-based application. Users report things like car accidents, vehicles pulled over on the side of the road and even road kill. Generally, users are pretty good about contributing, which helps keep routes as up-to-date as possible.
Ultimately, with progression in technology comes an increase in information. As drivers, the more information we have about the roads we take, the better off we’ll be. To know where there may be stopped traffic, a car with a flat tire, or a dangerous intersection can make all the difference as far as transportation safety is concerned.