In September, Colorado Department of Transportation will test a new road technology along Brighton Boulevard in Denver. The technology, called “Smart Roads” is an example of the CDOT’s RoadX program, and will test if smart roads will decrease accidents in Colorado. This device will measure the speed of cars traveling over that stretch of road in an effort to improve driving on Colorado roads.
The pieces of smart pavement are made specially to connect with cars and they will measure the vehicle’s movements. Each portion of this pavement is connected one after another and will be placed along the mile stretch near Brighton and 38th Avenue. The smart pavement technology could one day send internet connection to vehicles or charge cars as they drive, however, the CDOT only plans to use it to collect data at the moment.
In the future, safety experts hope that the technology will be able to alert motorists to traffic jams and road hazards via their mobile devices. In addition, when an accident occurs, the smart roads will be able to automatically call for emergency help. This will reduce the amount of time injured accident victims have to wait before receiving emergency medical treatment.
Receiving Medical Help Quickly Can Save Lives
After an accident, any delay in receiving medical care could make the difference between life and death. Drivers across Colorado count on emergency response services to take action after a serious and potentially fatal car accident. The time it takes to arrive on the accident scene is critical and an effective response time can save lives. If this new smart technology can help emergency medical teams arrive at the accident scene sooner – more lives can be saved.
The Auto Insurance Center collected data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System to find out where the best and worst response times were in America. According to their statistics, accident victims in Wyoming had to wait an average of 35 minutes and 44 seconds before emergency response teams arrived on the scene. This was the longest response time in the country. In comparison, car accident victims in Illinois waited just 6 minutes before receiving emergency medical help. The average emergency response time across the country is 15 minutes and 19.2 seconds.
In addition, average response times across the country increased over the summer months and also around holidays. Accident victims waited an average 21 minutes and 21 seconds to receive emergency treatment on the Fourth of July. In comparison, accident victims who were injured in a crash on Halloween waited just 12 minutes and 37 seconds.
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