The safe roads pillar addresses the safety of all road users, including those who walk, bike, drive, ride transit, and travel by other modes. Regulatory and legal systems are responding to this broader definition with higher expectations of transportation system stakeholders, increasing the consequences of being found at fault for road deaths or injury.
In the US “nuclear” verdicts are more frequently impacting the trucking industry. This has contributed to insurance becoming more unaffordable and unavailable for some trucking companies.
The Safe System recognizes human error will occur and proposes actions to reduce the frequency and impact.
Vehicle mounted smart cameras and sensors are playing an important role in identifying and alerting drivers early to potential road hazards.
- Artificial intelligence (AI) technology is helping to identify and notify drivers early of collision risks with other vehicles and road users such as pedestrians and cyclists.
- AI is being adopted to help drivers remain self-aware and alert to driver fatigue and distractions.