Technology and its role in saving lives on roads – T21

Technology and its responsibility to save lives on roads

By Juan Cardona.*

In the modern age, technology has permeated every aspect of our lives and one area that has seen significant improvements is transportation. With the evolution of video telematics, a revolutionary tool has emerged, It not only improves fleet management but also encourages responsible driving practices.

Technologies such as GPS, cameras and sensors in vehicles that make up video telematics help provide real-time information about vehicle and driver behavior. This powerful combination offers many benefits, one of the most notable being the promotion of responsible driving.

Promoting responsible driving is essential, and video telematics acts as a watchful eye capturing every moment on the road. Equipped with inboard and outboard cameras, these systems record important data including driver actions, road conditions and surrounding traffic. This data acts as a mirror, reflecting both admirable and worrisome aspects of driving behavior.

For drivers, the presence of this technology serves as a constant reminder of responsible driving. In other words, knowing that their actions are being monitored instills a sense of responsibility, leads them to obey traffic regulations, maintain a safe speed, and avoid reckless maneuvers. Also, the awareness that your driving behavior directly affects your safety and the safety of others reinforces the importance of road awareness.

Beyond personal responsibility, technology simplifies the process Practice and feedback. By analyzing images and recorded data, fleet managers can identify patterns of risky behavior and provide targeted training to drivers. This proactive approach not only corrects errors but also fosters a culture of continuous improvement leading to safer roads.

A trailer covered all of us on the road, reflecting the scale of consequences that an accident can bring. The presence of technology that monitors every detail acts as a deterrent against reckless driving practices. The knowledge that their actions are being observed discourages drivers from engaging in behaviors such as speeding, distracted driving, or aggressive maneuvers. As a result, accidents and traffic violations are reduced, leading to greater road safety for all.

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In addition to promoting a certain level of responsible driving, truck technology also contributes to broader societal benefits. By reducing the frequency of accidents and incidents, these systems ease the burden on emergency services, healthcare systems and infrastructure. Additionally, a decrease in insurance claims leads to cost savings for businesses and insurers, ultimately benefiting the economy as a whole.

However, the effectiveness of these technologies ultimately depends on the joint efforts of drivers and fleet managers. Embracing technology requires a shift in mindset from viewing it as a surveillance tool to recognizing it as a catalyst for positive change.

As we move towards a future of greater road safety, Let's use the power of this technology to guide us in the right direction.

See Juan Cardona's previous column: Hardware or Software? Creating comprehensive solutions for every fleet.

* Juan Cardona is Vice President of Sales Geotop In Latin America.

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