There is a whopping 60% increase in pedestrian fatalities since 2009 in the USA. The Governors Highway Safety Administration mentioned earlier this year that there were 6,590 pedestrian fatalities in 2019.
Not just in the US, even in other countries, these numbers are alarming. In India, the number of pedestrians killed on the roads rose by a steep 84% between 2014 and 2018.
Source: Times of India
These numbers show just how unsafe, unnecessarily so, the roads can be for citizens in both the world’s oldest as well as most modern cities.
Only smart solutions can help cities in bringing these numbers down and give their citizens access to safe, affordable, accessible, and sustainable roads. Cities definitely need to pay special attention to the safety solutions related to mobility and traffic.
Many solutions can help governments across the world to achieve the above like IoT mobility solutions and smart lighting solutions.
Due to poor visibility, an estimated 65% of pedestrian traffic accidents occur at night. Smart street lights with mobility sensors can help adjust lighting automatically in response to the changing conditions. The sensors detect movement and other local conditions like weather and the number of vehicles on the street. The platform then automatically adjusts the lighting.
Another solution that can help cities is cooperative intelligent transport systems that enable vehicles to ‘talk and listen’ to each other, roadside infrastructure, traffic management centers, and other users. The vehicle uses the received information about traffic and safety warnings to determine if there is a need to avoid certain situations or take alternate action.
Cooperative vehicle technologies will help in mitigating the impact of driver error which is the cause for an estimated 94% of traffic accidents.
Even solutions like smart pedestrian signals can help cities in increasing the safety and security of their citizens. The solution comprises of sensors that are installed between the ground and the traffic light. These sensors measure important parameters like the number of pedestrians waiting, the time needed to cross the path etc. Based on the waiting time and the size of the pedestrian traffic, the signal time will be adjusted for the safe and smooth pedestrian crossing. The solution also takes vehicular traffic into consideration.
It is important for cities to deploy innovative safety solutions to increased priorities for the safety of vulnerable road users. This will help them in giving their citizens an access to safe, affordable, and sustainable roads and further improve safety, mobility, and also emissions.