An article in American City & County, authored by Christina Aizcorbe, vice president of government affairs at Velodyne Lidar, discusses how lidar and other technologies can provide real-time sensing to enhance roadway safety and prevent crashes.
The article states that recently the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported motor vehicle traffic fatalities in the United States rose 18.4 percent in the first half of 2021 from the same period in 2020–more than 20,000 deaths–the largest six-month increase ever recorded.
To improve roadway safety, Christina notes:
“Consumer and safety advocates like the Center for Auto Safety and Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, for example, have called for the broad implementation of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) to prevent unnecessary deaths and injuries.”
Lidar can help enable safe navigation and collision avoidance capabilities in ADAS.
Christina’s article includes a call for action that states:
“Government and transportation officials should start familiarizing themselves with the technologies that are beginning to improve our transportation ecosystems. Making incremental changes to test and deploy vehicle and infrastructure advancements will unlock tangible results and steps toward making our communities safer.”