Can Technology Help to Improve Road Safety?

Automotive technology has made numerous advances over the past few years, with car manufacturers introducing wireless phone calls, voice commands and computerised systems to their newer models.

However, these advances may no longer be solely for the sake of entertainment and convenience, but may actually work to improve road safety. Earlier this month, Volvo announced that their new pilot scheme could in fact change the way we consider the safety of Britain’s roads.

What does the Technology involve?

Volvo has developed a brand new way of considering and dealing with road safety. Its pilot will be launched with a thousand of its XC90 cars in Norway and Sweden, both countries of which suffer from adverse and extreme weather conditions.

This new, innovative technology is designed to increase the safety of drivers and passengers by uploading information about treacherous conditions to the ‘cloud’.

How it Works

The XC90 cars with the pilot software will use sensors embedded into the vehicles to transmit information about road issues and conditions back to a universal information system, also known as ‘the cloud’.

This information will then be relayed back to other drives through a warning, which will caution them about conditions such as slippery or icy roads.

As well as this, Volvo will also send the information to local and road authorities, allowing them to receive advance notice of any conditions that may require their attention or action. This is intended to save time; particularly where conditions could cause accidents and potentially cost lives.


‘Connected Safety’

This new technology is part of a wider project that Volvo is developing, which is focused on what it has named ‘connected safety’. Volvo sees this as the future of the automotive industry, and the company is making further developments to use its technology to refine their ambition for increased safety on the roads.

By using this wide network of anonymous road data sharing, alongside other computerised in-car technologies, Volvo believes it can strongly benefit society and ultimately save lives on the roads, as well as revolutionising the way we drive.

There are other proposed technologies that are also part of this idea of ‘connected safety’, one of the most prominent being the use of ‘smart’ traffic lights, which would be able to improve traffic flow, as well as be able to come up with accurate traffic diversions based on alerts from the ‘cloud’ about traffic jams, worsening conditions or accidents.

This idea of ‘connected safety’ could be the future of road safety, but the difference this technology could make in real life is debatable.

How much of a Difference can this Technology Make?

These technologies could prove to be highly successful in terms of accident prevention on the roads; particularly in those incidences where accidents are caused by adverse weather conditions or slippery road surfaces.

However, we must consider that accidental incidents on our roads are not the only ones that cause serious injury and threaten life. Indeed, although this technology will benefit many people in everyday circumstances, this technology would not help victims of hit and run and otherwise intentional road incidents.

What other Technologies Could Increase Road Safety?

There are other automotive technologies that are currently in development which, if successful, could greatly increase road safety.

One of the most well-known projects that is currently in development is the Google Self-Driving Car, which could potentially eliminate intentional road accidents by keeping controls steady and in line with legal restrictions, as well as decreasing accidental deaths caused by factors such as drivers breaking speed limits.

Technology could indeed revolutionise the way we think about road safety, however the impact that these technologies will make in reality remains to be seen. If you have been a victim of a road accident and require hit and run compensation, AYB Law can help you get the compensation you deserve. For a free assessment, contact us today by calling 0800 0443 495.