For the past few years, the transportation industry has always been related to high maintenance costs, accidents, disasters, and the like. The sad truth is that, no matter how careful these people are, it seems like there’s no way on how they could really prevent these accidents from happening in the first place.
The good thing is, as technology improves, so as road safety. That said, here are the 3 ways on how to make road construction safer through AI and IoT.
1. Better Driving Behavior
As we talk about road fatalities, considered to be the main contributing fact is human element– this could be speeding, DUI, distracted driving, bad habits, and many more. All of these could increase the chances of accidents. Although some rules and regulations encourage safe driving, it doesn’t really give the assurance that the road would be as safe as it should be. Fortunately, IoT and AI encourage drivers to adopt safe habits better.
For instance, more and more telematics company are now using IoT to help fleet management companies reduce the occurrence of accidents. Through this, relevant information about the vehicles and drivers can be collected and used to ensure road safety.
2. Detect Road Conditions
Plastic barricades, safety cones, and other traffic devices all have the same purpose– to ensure that the road would stay safe no matter what. However, controlling traffic isn’t as easy as it may sound. However, with IoT sensors capable of providing real-time data from roads, this could help divert the flow of traffic away from hazardous areas.
That’s why more and more companies are trying to explore the possibilities in several French cities. For that reason, it’s believed that road sensors would probably be one of the few crucial developments that would take place in the world of transportation through the introduction of IoT technology.
The good thing about road sensors is that they are quite easy to install and embedded under the roads. By doing so, you’ll be able to measure the changes in traffic volume, temperature, and humidity.
Furthermore, the data collected by the sensors are stored in the server where it can easily be analyzed and give real-time information to authorities. This kind of insight could help in some ways as it’s useful in predicting and alerting possible hazards, as well as accidents that often takes place in poor conditions.
3. Continuous Transformation of the Construction Industry
Construction experts have high hopes regarding the future of construction, as well as the adoption of IoT and AI to improve not only efficiency but safety as well. Hopefully, this would encourage the growth and productivity of the whole sector.
For example, workers don’t have to risk themselves working in dangerous situations as autonomous vehicles, and machinery would be the one to handle this instead. For that reason, it’s also believed that the construction industry would continue to improve productivity, and efficiency in the workplace.
The future of IoT and AI in road construction is promising. There’s a lot for us to expect in the coming years.
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