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.