Solving Traffic Deaths with Smart Mobility
How Autonomous Vehicles and Intelligent Infrastructure Save Lives
The costs of outdated and overcrowded traffic grids include avoidable death and injuries, according to Jason Goldman of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America.
Goldman, who helped lead a panel at last month’s Smart Regions Congress in Washington, DC, said investment into intelligent infrastructure and deployment of autonomous vehicles can solve these problems.
“For the first time since the 1960’s, traffic fatalities have been on the uptick year after year since 2015,” Goldman said. “In addition, Americans spend an average of 41 hours per year sitting in their cars due to congestion, at a cost of approximately $305 billion per year, or $1400 per driver.”
“The future of transportation is in solving these problems with autonomous vehicles and intelligent infrastructure,” Goldman said.
Other panelists agreed, adding that the overwhelming costs to people and governments of owning traditional vehicles and investing in traditional infrastructure make change mandatory.
The panel, Intelligent Transportation, Systems, and Infrastructure in Smart Regions, included public and private representatives who addressed what they called “bankrupting” problems with transportation and public infrastructure in the U.S.
Goldman explained that intelligent transportation technologies are essential to smarter and better communities.
“How we fund intelligent transportation at the federal level and get money flowing to infrastructure improvement projects must become a priority,” Goldman said.
The Smart Regions Congress was presented by Venture Smarter, a technology and strategy company focused on smart governance.
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