What Does the Future Hold for Road Construction Safety

What Does the Future Hold for Road Construction Safety

As long as roads exist, so as road accidents– it’s something inevitable, no matter how careful you are when on the road. That’s why the government, and everyone else involved, have been looking for ways on how to improve safety and reduce the risk of a road injury and fatality. Some believe that driverless vehicles could be the answer we have always been looking for.

Over the past few years, road safety continues to evolve– from smart, reflective vests that traffic officers can use, to other signs and indicators that keep the pedestrians and motorists safe. To give you a better idea, here’s what the future holds for road construction safety.

Irresponsible Drivers Won’t Be a Huge Problem Anymore

Depending on the level of automation, it’s possible to reduce driver dependency in the future. Of course, it’s still worth noting that autonomous vehicles classified at a lower level of automation, still need the guidance of the driver in case that the software fails to function. That said, autonomous cars still need at least one human participant in the car that would remain alert to ensure overall safety.

Improvement in Road Construction Safety

Just like what has been mentioned earlier, car manufacturers are already looking for ways on how to develop vehicles and equip them with advanced safety features, like adaptive cruise control capable of monitoring traffic conditions and apply the brakes to keep a safe distance between the car in front, and the vehicle being driven.

Blind spot warning systems utilize radar and camera to sense if there’s another vehicle in the blind spot and alert them through sound or light warning. This uses sensors through the rearview mirror and under the car to read lines on the road and warn the passenger if there’s a need to hold the brake.

Noise-Reducing Asphalt

A couple of studies show that using asphalt to reduce noise levels is ideal, rather than constructing sound wall barriers. With technology, this can be carried out, and this can be perfect for residential areas.

IoT Technology for Better Data Flow

The advancements in technology made it possible for construction workers to perform several unique functions through the bi-directional data flow. Through this, users can easily collaborate, share information, track data, and enter vital information. Manual data entry becomes unnecessary, and the risks of mistakes, breakdown, and communication issues would also lessen.

3D Printed Asphalt for Better Lanes

3D printers have helped us in some ways– especially in the construction industry. With many processes advancing at a rapid pace and coming to fruition, there’s more to expect.

What’s remarkable is the real potential it could offer– we can finally bid goodbye to traditional road construction, as everything can be done efficiently and in just a short amount of time– thanks to technology. One great example of this would be the 3D printed asphalt machine. A 3D asphalt machine has been created with the purpose of offering better road quality and improving the current method of road construction as well.

The 3D paver works using lidar that functions as a radar, with a light laser instead. It’s capable of scanning the road, even the most difficult one, and it creates a digital mat that could be 3D printed in asphalt. The good thing about this is that it can be used where it’s needed, and only takes a fraction of time often related to standard paving.

With normal maintenance to roads, we can say that only the issues are being resolved, and not the main problem itself. This is what 3D printed asphalt aims to work on. It offers a real solution, as it provides better compaction and could lessen the need for road maintenance. Through this, roads would last much longer, and it’s also good for the environment as carbon footprint would also decrease.

Wearables that Alert Road Workers

Wearables, such as reflective vests, are now developed in a way that it could alert road workers during emergency situations. Through this, working on the roadside has gotten safer and workers could easily communicate with the car’s connected vehicle technology.

That means as the vehicle approaches a construction site, these radio sensors could send the driver warning signals, together with instructions to slow down if necessary. Similar technology can also be used to avoid collisions, and even detect animals on the road.

 

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