Smart intersections: The future of traffic safety?

Intersections see a lot of activity. Unfortunately, this comes with dangers. A fair portion of motor vehicle accidents happen at intersections. Intersections can see many types of crashes, such as T-bone collisions and vehicles striking pedestrians or bicyclists. Such accidents can lead to many different types of injuries (such as head injuries, back/spinal injuries, internal injuries, severe cuts and broken bones) and raise a range of compensation-related legal issues for victims.

Might technology be able to make intersections safer? Among the technologies being developed on this front are smart intersections.

Yesterday, there was a demonstration of such an intersection in operation here in Ohio. Government officials (including Governor Kasich) and officials from Honda were in attendance. This smart intersection is located in Marysville.

The intersection has four cameras which detect motion. The system can then send warnings to connected vehicles that are approaching the intersection if it detects things like pedestrians or other vehicles entering the intersection.

The hope with smart intersections is that they will be able to spot potential accident risks and give drivers (and self-driving cars) the information and warnings needed to prevent such situations from leading to accidents.

It will be interesting to see how the testing of smart intersections goes here in Ohio and in other parts of the country.

What do you think of smart intersections? Would you like to see them one day have a big presence out on roads here in Ohio? Do you think such intersections could play a big part in making the state’s roads safer?

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