By RAM Tracking on 29 Mar 2018

Collision Warnings

One of the benefits that connected cars offer humanity is safety. Vehicles today have multiple collision warning systems that provide drivers with numerous ways of avoiding accidents. One example of these warning systems is the Forward Collision Warning that works to prevent drivers from crashing into upcoming vehicles. Another type of collision warning is the Intersection Moving Assist that warns drivers when it is unsafe to enter an intersection. Other types of collision warnings are:

  • Do not pass warning. This application notifies drivers when it is unsafe to pass a slow-moving vehicle. It detects upcoming vehicles of about 300 meters away. This alert is very useful when driving through a blind spot.
  • Emergency electronic brake light warning. This warning works to notify drivers when an out-of-sight vehicle is braking several cars ahead. This prevents the need to suddenly brake as the vehicles in front brake in unison.

Road Weather Updates

Connected vehicles also have the technology to help with safety and weather-related traffic such as black ice on the road. Black ice on the road is one of the more dangerous road weathers as the road appears to look normal but in all reality, the roads are slippery. Information from multiple connected vehicles can help to alert drivers when a potential problem exists such as black ice and other dangerous road hazards. Through connected cars, road data can be sent to traffic management centers that provide real-time information to help monitor and manage traffic. With the information, traffic management centers can act accordingly by adjusting traffic signals and speed limits, notifying maintenance providers, and broadcasting warnings for drivers who get this information in the form of in-car displays on their smart audio systems.

Eco-friendly Vehicles

Another way that vehicles are more connected these days is many are designed with ECO modes. These vehicles help reduce our carbon footprint and even facilitate green transportation choices. There are a lot of roads today that have ECO lanes. Motorists who travel on these lanes are usually owners of Eco-friendly vehicles and only drive at a speed that conserves fuel. Additionally, there are connected vehicles with applications that alert drivers when they are idling. These applications also reduce unnecessary stops by communicating with smart traffic signals that work to broadcast data about their current signal phase and timing. Systems inside the vehicle utilize this data to determine right amount of speed that a vehicle should travel.

Incident Zone Warning

With connected vehicles, they can enhance awareness of unexpected roadside incidents such as car crashes, disabled vehicles, and police activity to name a few. Incident zone warning is technology that alerts drivers about incidents ahead and warn them to use lower speeds or change lanes when necessary. Communications can also be sent to the proper authorities to send help in case of emergency. Moreover, connected vehicle technology can help control traffic flow and reduce the resulting congestion at accident sites.

Vehicle Tracking Systems

Many transport logistics providers are now installing vehicle trackers on their trucks, vans, and sedans. These trackers provide real-time location of the vehicles through GPS. Vehicle tracking is an activity that fleet managers and business owners use track and monitor their employees as they go about from location to location. It allows managers to create customized routes where drivers arrive at destinations efficiently without wasting fuel. Additionally, GPS tracking has telematics which allows supervisors to monitor driver behavior to prevent speeding, idling, out-of-hours driving, and any other type of unnecessary driving behavior that may result in accidents or delay in deliver time.

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