Intelligent Transportation System networks handle immense quantities of data, quickly and efficiently. By today’s standards for speed and bandwidth, copper wires are akin to horse-and-buggy technology. Only fiber optics can carry the bulk of society’s information over distances, both near and far, as the backbone of modern communication.
Road trips now include signals, sensors, cameras, and other equipment that collect and rapidly transmit data. The roads we drive are becoming highly influenced by computer technology for three very important reasons:
Safer Roads for Drivers
Automobile technology is helping drivers avoid bumper-to-bumper collisions, improve vision in poor weather, and even alert drowsy drivers. Newer vehicles are equipped with computer capabilities that monitor lane movement, tire air pressure, oil levels, and maintenance alerts.
As video technology is incorporated even more into the design of cars, trucks, and SUVs, the safest drivers on the roads will be those with vehicles that automatically adjust to literal bumps in the road. With the deployment of sensors and fiber optic network systems, vehicles will interact with roads – and roads with vehicles – to provide real-time information for self-directed adjustments without input from the driver. The reality of autonomous vehicles is right on our doorstep.
With the advantage that computers never get distracted or drowsy, the safety of travelers is becoming more reliable because of strong, consistent, constant internet connectivity.
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