Accidents in the workplace and on the road kill and injure thousands of people each year. But new and advancing technologies can help prevent some of these incidents. These four innovative technologies are doing their part to make the roads and the workplace safer.
1. Augmented Reality
Augmented reality is being used in new and innovative ways.
In the construction industry, it’s being used to not only improve efficiency, but also improve safety and training. Construction company Bechtel is working with Human Condition Safety to create AR training to prepare workers for dangerous and real-life difficult situations.
In a news release, the company said they may have a worker virtually practice unloading a beam on the 20th story on a foggy morning instead of having to do the task for the first time in real life.
Augmented reality may be a better option than virtual reality, as workers can practice and train in a safe, controlled environment. Walking around a construction site with VR headsets may not be the safest option.
2. Advanced GPS and Tracking
In the trucking industry, tracking and advanced GPS systems help users keep track of equipment and loads. Some systems can even alert users when the engine is turned on, which can help employers comply with labor laws.
Other companies are using GPS systems in new ways, like creating new safety vests that use real-time location services. Repoint Positioning is one company creating these vests, which let out an audible warning when a worker enters a hazardous zone. When the alert goes off, it records the incident in a cloud database and sends a signal to the manager.
Drones started out as a form of entertainment, and then a way to take photos and videos from a better vantage point.
Now, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) are being used to deliver packages and supplies to areas that are difficult to reach by car or truck.
With advancements in drone technology, UAVs can carry more weight, which makes them even more versatile. Drone package delivery can help prevent truck accidents, and medical delivery drones can carry a wider range of supplies to remote areas.
4. Collision Prevention Technology
The company Mobileye, owned by Intel, is collaborating with Munich Reinsurance America Inc. to provide technology that will help reduce commercial fleet collisions and improve road safety.
The insurance carrier will make the company’s Advanced Collision Avoidance System available to its clients, who can retrofit existing vehicles. The system helps mitigate potential collisions and also help improve driver behaviour through the use of warning signals.
According to the National Safety Council, there were over 40,000 traffic fatalities in the United States last year. The council estimates that the cost of injuries, death and property damage totaled $432.5 billion, up 12% compared to last year.
Mobileye’s crash avoidance systems have helped reduce crashes by 60%, the company says. That includes a 95% reduction in forward collisions and a 43% reduction in lane departure crashes.
The system warns drivers of potential collisions, so drivers can react in time to prevent an accident.