According to the Department of Transport, in the past 7 years, the UK has faced an average of 1,731 traffic accidents per year caused by harsh weather: fog, rain, snow and sleet, with 18% of them being classified as serious/ fatal.
As storm Ciara is still affecting the UK with freezing temperature, winds and heavy snow, drivers have been advised about the road conditions they will have to face, as there are reports of fallen trees and blocked roads. The reason behind this is that bad weather conditions are followed by a significant increase in the threat to the safety of road users.
In regards to businesses that are operating in road transport, they are determined to avoid weather-linked incidents. Bad weather conditions can disrupt the transport networks, affecting the Service Level Agreements (SLAs), causing delays, which will have a massive impact on the industry.
As the weather is causing severe issues, it's imperative to focus on preventing the disruptions related to it. The best way to achieve this is to invest in technological innovation as it is an important aspect of the evolution of vehicle safety. There are some options expected to improve vehicle safety, especially those that can improve winter driving.
This year, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Bosch launched the ‘virtual visor’. The new product is a transparent LCD panel that uses a camera to monitor the level of driver’s eyes and then blocks any glare that could impact their vision, a particular problem during winter when the sun is lower in the sky.
Mercedes Benz - Car-to-X communication – is currently working on a solution that uses their sensor technology to identify hazardous road conditions and automatically notify local authorities about roads that may need attention. In the colder months, this means road hazards such as snow or standing water can be identified and removed quickly, thanks to vehicles gathering and relaying data anonymously in near real-time.
AI-powered dashcams are also accumulating video analysis, automatically reviewing road footage to identify hazards and classify events by severity. This could potentially relieve fleet managers of the burden of data analysis by notifying them of events that require immediate attention in near real-time.
Source: Forwarder Magazine
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