IoT for Road Safety Solutions
The transportation industry has completely transformed the patterns in which worldly operations take place each day. In fact, it has contributed to the economic growth of several countries all over the world. Connecting one part of the world with the other has been possible just because of effective transportation.
This way, business opportunities have multiplied. Commuting from one place to the other to meet urgent requirements, visiting near and dear ones and more have become easy. But on the other hand, the transportation industry is associated with high maintenance, road disasters, accidents, injuries and loss of life.
In fact, the loss of life due to road disasters and car accidents is increasing every year. According to the National Safety Council, 38,300 people were killed and 4.4 million individuals were injured on the U.S. roads back in 2015. To manifest a more favorable reality where road safety is easy and car accidents are infrequent, the Internet of Things(IoT) has designed effective strategies.
If you are a fleet manager and want to suffice your curiosity about the advantages of IoT in fleet management and road safety then read on to know better.
With IoT, Improving Driver’s Performance Is Possible:
Road fatalities occur primarily due to human negligence. Drivers either get restless due to long driving schedules or become distracted due to which road accidents occur every now and then. Over speeding is another major factor which kills numerous lives on the road every year. This is the reason why every country has rules and regulations that enforce safe driving.
This will any way polish the driving skills of the ones sitting behind the steering wheel. Driving rules are reactive in nature. They rather force and push drivers to maintain driving safety in order to avoid punishments. But, with the intention to make the fleet drivers inculcate safe driving skills, IoT has played a proactive role in helping drivers adopt safe driving habits.
With IoT sensors, a significant amount of data could be collected about the driver’s performance. This will help the fleet manager to get meaningful insights about the areas of improvement in the driver’s performance. IoT can help the fleet managers to know whether the fleet driver is over-speeding, is using seatbelts or not, has taken any sharp cornering or the driver is taking too many breaks or not.
In case the driver is taking too many breaks, the chances of the driver running the fleet beyond a safe fleet speed limit to reach the destination on time, get higher! The faster the vehicle speed, the higher the chances of fatal road accidents become!
Keeping the driver’s performance under consideration, the fleet managers can simply put the exhausted drivers off the road (by identifying if the driver has taken less number of breaks than usual). Plus, the professionalism factor of each drier will come under broad daylight.
In-vehicle driver feedback, accurately collected by IoT sensors will help fleet managers in better coaching drivers to maintain safety measures even under stressful and unpredictable situations.
Accidents caused by vehicle-in-reverse detection, collision avoidance systems, and spoken word notifications to detect risks and receive live in-vehicle feedback and warnings are possible with the Internet of Things.
All these assist the fleet managers in score-carding the drivers in order to keep the skillful ones involved in the organizational goals and to let go of the ones who are underperforming. Along with this, better risk management and accident control costs will be managed more efficiently by the fleet managers.
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IoT Helps The Fleet Managers To Identify Hazardous Road Conditions:
Poor road and weather conditions are some of the main causes of road accidents. Keeping roads clean and controlling traffic in a systematic way will automatically reduce road hazards.
In order to drive safely, it is crucial to monitor road surfaces and identify road hazards. Here, IoT road sensors can provide real-time data from roads. This is a crucial way in which it helps in diverting the flow of traffic from accident-prone areas or areas with poor road conditions.
Road sensors are going to be the most crucial developments that take place in the world of transportation. This helps the fleet managers to know beforehand which roads their drivers must avoid in order to deliver goods to the assigned destination on time. Road sensors could be easily embedded under the road.
These sensors will effectively measure the changes in temperature, traffic volume, and humidity, among other weather and traffic constraints. This seems promising enough to maintain safety for the drivers as well as for the fleet for the successful completion of fleet operations
On a concluding note:
The Transportation Industry has changed the way people commute. But one cannot overlook the reality that due to excessive traffic and uneven road conditions, several road accidents take place every single day all over the world.
Along with this, the related costs that include medical expenses, wage & productivity losses and property damage sum up to an approximate amount of $152 billion. This doesn’t account for general maintenance and repairs costs of the road and highway systems, which earmark billions of dollars of public funds every year but are somehow still underfunded.
To address such glaring issues, the Internet of Things (IoT) has come up with strategies that can help in identifying drivers with poor driving skills. In fact, restless and impatient drivers are actually the primary reasons for road accidents. Next, poor road conditions too, call in road fatalities. The Internet of Things helps in identifying road conditions too. This assists fleet managers to choose the best routes to deliver the goods on time.
With the right implementation of IoT technology, fleet managers can mitigate risks, prevent damage and reduce costs that are required in the recovery procedures in case of an accident.
The deployment of smart, connected sensors, combined with machine-learning-powered analytics tools, can enable the transportation industry to gather information, make predictions and reach decisions that will make roads safer.
Sanjeev is the founder of Biz4Intellia, one of the leading IoT development companies in the USA. He is extremely passionate about the Internet of Things and keeps on exploring the possibilities unleashed by IoT on a constant note. At Biz4Intellia, his concrete focus on building a rapid growing, market-driven organization that delivers influential IoT business solutions, is simply unmatchable!