Speed is one of the cities’ road safety challenges and it is not the only risk on the roads and throughout the city streets. The increase in modes of transport like bikes and scooters has brought an increase in dangerous behavior. While roads and streets cannot be stretched, local authorities have to find solutions to get all the users to live together.
Reducing speed in urban areas is often the first step to reduce accidents, that is why vehicle speed is already limited to 30km per hour in many city centers. Local authorities are struggling to be able to accurately detect speed infringement, and especially including criteria such as the multi lane detection, the vehicle classification, two-wheeled vehicles… Some cutting-edge speed control systems allow to get more than the precise vehicle speed measurement and offer the distance detection, the vehicle tracking through the 3D LiDAR technology, etc.
But not only
Given the increase in vehicles and individual means of transport, especially since the beginning of the COVID crisis, infringement go on even more increasing. The capability to manage the circulation flows and to get them to live together remains one of the man issues for local authorities. The diversified users have brought many infringement possibilities such as running red lights, circulating on bus or cycle lanes, right-of-way violations… Cities need to count and identify all the users using roads and streets, every type of vehicle and pedestrian, in order to be able to detect every possible infringement.
A better traffic flow management through appropriate infrastructures
Traffic issues include environmental issues because of the direct impact of the increase in circulation on the environment and health. While more than 50% of the global population live in the town, the UN forecasts that they will be 60% by 2030. Road safety challenges have become one of the major issues regarding urban infrastructure and the increase in modes of transport involves the appropriate management of all the traffic flows. Some solutions allow to accurately identify and classify the different road users, count them and then collect data necessary to adapt the urban infrastructure.
When it comes to road safety, the gap is widening between the accidents in urban and extra urban areas, especially on high-speed roads.