4 Savings from Intelligent Vehicles: Lives, Planet, Time & Teenagers

by Jon LeSage

Accord­ing to a com­men­tary in the Huff­in­g­ton Post by Cather­ine McCul­lough, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor, Intel­li­gent Car Coali­tion, there are four big things we will gain from switch­ing vehi­cles over to con­nec­tiv­i­ty and oth­er intel­li­gent vehi­cle tech­nolo­gies:

Save Lives: Cor­po­ra­tions and gov­ern­ment agen­cies are research­ing cars that let oth­er vehi­cles know where they are, there­by avoid­ing crash­es, typ­i­cal­ly called vehi­cle-to-vehi­cle (V2V) and vehi­cle-to-infra­struc­ture (V2I).

Some of the data com­ing from these tests include inform­ing dri­vers when their eyes wan­der from the road for an unsafe peri­od of time; trans­mis­sion of spe­cif­ic crash impact infor­ma­tion to med­ical per­son­nel before the crash vic­tim arrives at the hos­pi­tal to aid in treat­ment.

Save the Plan­et: Cis­co esti­mates between 10% and 17% fuel used in city dri­ving is wast­ed at stop lights when there is no traf­fic. But “smart” traf­fic lights that are aware of how many cars are sit­ting in line can adjust tim­ing to allow traf­fic to flow, sav­ing fuel.

A big prob­lem with habit­u­al dri­ver behav­ior is accel­er­a­tion and hit­ting brakes need­less­ly. Autonomous vehi­cle tech­nolo­gies are curb­ing that ten­den­cy, which reduces “stop-and-go” traf­fic that adds unnec­es­sar­i­ly to tailpipe emis­sions.

Save our Time: A report last year from the Texas Trans­porta­tion Insti­tute said that very typ­i­cal­ly these days dri­vers are hav­ing to give up 60 min­utes that would only take then 20 min­utes in light traf­fic.

This is where telem­at­ics sys­tems are com­ing to play, as fleet man­agers are com­ing to know very well. GPS is being used to track traf­fic con­di­tions and dri­ver behav­ior, which allows com­pa­nies to com­mu­ni­cate with dri­vers via dis­patch­ers or direct­ly to increase route effi­cien­cy and reduce the amount of time need­ed to com­plete the trip.

Save our San­i­ty: While a lot of dri­vers are bugged by Big Broth­er breath­ing down their back and hav­ing their pri­va­cy vio­lat­ed – whether it be by an employ­er or a gov­ern­ment agency – the data is show­ing that con­sumers appre­ci­ate the pos­i­tive results gained by intel­li­gent vehi­cles and con­nec­tiv­i­ty. One of these deals with dis­tract­ed dri­ving, where par­ents are clamp­ing down hard and expect gov­ern­ment poli­cies, vehi­cle tech­nolo­gies, and law enforce­ment agen­cies to make sure their kids don’t die young.

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