We live in a generation where technology is continually shaping each and every aspect of our life. While smartphones, apps and other software have simplified communication, building information modeling (BIM) has played a vital role in improving project visualization and scheduling.
So, at this stage, it is only likely that technology will have a significant impact on road safety as well. Whether its equipment technology, wearable technology, porous pavement or dust suppression- the positive effects of technology on road safety programs is practically undeniable.
In case you’re looking to find out more about the nature of these programs, here’s everything you need to know. The construction industry is changing to meet the increasing demands of budgets, timelines, and project scopes. Here are some ways that the industry is evolving before our eyes today!
Both exoskeleton and power assist suits are two the major technological implementations in road safety. These new products are being conceptualized for industrial operations, so that construction workers can now lift and work with heavy tools for extended periods, without any unnecessary stress.
Several mainstream companies are also coming up with new technologically powered tools that help individuals in maintaining proper, consistent posture. These tools are operated with counterweights to make lifting more comfortable and reduce the possibilities of potential injuries.
Safety cones are yet another technical implementation that is designed to make our roads safer, and transportation easier. These cones are generally used for car breakdowns, marking barriers and additional hazardous areas, and for maintaining overall road safety.
While the earliest variants of these cones were relatively big and unwieldy, the new tools are stable, easy to handle and practically visible from every direction. When it comes to recent developments, this is definitely one of the best vehicle technologies in place.
This is one of the most significant road safety trends, and it is usually implemented in various ways like LIDAR, drones, sensors, etc. LIDAR tools and Drones don’t just remotely monitor the roads but also sends in proper, real-time data about the various work zones and road conditions.
Alternatively, road sensors imbued in the infrastructure play a vital role in circulating data to the vehicles and their users about the potentially dangerous road conditions. As of now, you’d also find a couple of recent road technologies that provide quick, automatic real-time road safety alerts to the users.
While crash trucks backed by attenuators had been used for the last couple of years to protect motorists and construction workers, right now, a new autonomous truck mounted attenuator is coming to play in an attempt to protect the individuals who are entirely at risk when the crash trucks are being used.
These trucks usually follow a single, lead vehicle that seamlessly transmits GPS details to the crash truck informing it when to take a turn, pull the brake or reduce the speed. Just like exoskeletons, these self-driving trucks to are being rolled out by many mainstream companies.
These were just a few among the hundreds of technological advancements that are now being rolled out for road safety programs. Within the next couple of years, more tools will come in place thereby making our roads safer and the lives of construction workers, easier.