First ever Smart speed warning system
GS Paper - 2 (Infrastructure)
Researchers at different Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are working on development of a first-of-its kind "smart speed warning system" for vehicles which will alert the driver on the basis of road infrastructure and geographical location to avoid over-speeding related crashes.
- According to statistics available with the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, about 70 per cent of road fatalities in India occur due to over-speeding.
- To minimise such fatalities, the government had mandated that all new cars sold from 1 July 2019, should include a speed governor device that will generate intermittent warning beeps for above 80 kmph and the constant beep for above 120 kmph for drivers.
- To further reduce damage to lives, the fine for speeding was increased by ten times under the new Motor Vehicles Act of 2019.
- However, the researchers at IIT Guwahati and Bombay believe the current speed governing device is a "one size fits all" solution and does not have much intelligence and the same system cannot effectively work while driving in hilly terrains, plains or desert areas.
- Our studies revealed the safe speed for a vehicle can significantly vary with changes in road geometry like on sharp or blind curves or hairpin bends.