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With road accidents claiming many lives every day, it has become essential for the transport industry and governments to invest their money towards safety. For the longest time, there were hardly any changes in traffic rules and applications. However, all that is changing, thanks to advancements in technology.
An encouraging point to note about the transport industry is that they are attacking the problem of road safety from all directions. It is not just about the passengers in a car. They are also taking care of people on the roads as well as those indirectly affected by traffic. With the following changes leading the way, the future of transport safety looks brighter than ever.
Pollution caused by cars has an indirect effect on the environment leading to health problems like asthma and lung disease in humans. There has been a constant move towards creating fuel that is greener in its composition so that it emits as fewer pollutants as possible in the air. The recent trend of electric cars and bikes, though, is the real game-changer. With more car companies taking the initiative to make e-cars, and governments moving towards laws that support them, we can expect a decrease in car pollution sooner than expected.
Car accidents are one of the top reasons for deaths these days. Experts have been busy for the past decade, making cars that are safer and stronger, yet there is no end to collisions that result in fatalities. Things though are looking somewhat brighter with testing of driverless vehicles in progress. If we can successfully hand over command of cars to computers, who can monitor the roads with vigilance at all times, human error can easily be removed, resulting in fewer accidents. However, it will take a little time for driverless cars to go commercial, and for people’s mindset to change towards them.
Training forms the basis of good driving, and with that, we can significantly reduce on-road accidents. Until recently, many training centres would use simulators to give learners a better idea of how to drive. Now, with advancements in VR is it possible to provide first-time divers with a feel of the real thing. The realistic nature of VR makes learning more fun and impacting, thus leading to better handling of the car, when the driver sits in a real one.
Use of Technology
The safety of pedestrians is one of the biggest concerns for the transport industry. Many accidents take place at a red light crossing, and thus over time, changes have been made to help keep things in order. Some of the early advancements in red light crossing safety included a longer crossing time and countdowns. However, nowadays, countries are adding lights, sounds, and even sprays to inform pedestrians if they are standing too close to the road. These might be small measures and seem like tricks, but can eventually help save lives, especially since many of us tend to be so engrossed in our phones to realise we might be walking towards danger.
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