ITS: Driving towards Road Safety
By Mohit Sindhwani, Head - Innovation and Technology, Quantum Inventions Pte Ltd.
It is estimated that there will be about two billion vehicles on the roads by 2035. As cities continue to become land-scarce with overburdened road infrastructure, these additional vehicles on the road will adversely affect the road safety statistics. Today, 94 percent of road accidents are estimated to be attributable to drivers, with distracted driving being the primary cause for crashes. We see advances in Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) as a crucial enabler to not only manage traffic flow and maximize road network usage, but also as a means to improve road safety.
Emerging disruptive trends such as in-vehicle driver assistance systems, internet of things, vehicle automation, mobility-as-a-service and big data together play a vital role in evolving transport safety, in addition to enabling smarter and greener transport. We think that the following streams represent a paradigm shift in how we understand and manage road accidents:
" Emerging disruptive trends such as in-vehicle driver assistance systems, internet of things, vehicle automation, mobility-as-a-service and big data together play a vital role in evolving transport safety. "
- In-vehicle collision avoidance systems: Collision or crash avoidance systems offer drivers with assistance features that help to prevent accidents by detecting potentially dangerous situations.
We live in an exciting era where the next 10 – 20 years should see an exponential increase in the overall safety of our roadway networks. Advances in ITS have ability to radically transform mobility in our cities. As these technologies come to fruition, it will be important for society to adapt to them and for lawmakers to move quickly to ensure that the rights of the citizens (such as privacy and anonymity) are protected.