From the bustling roads of metropolitan cities to the over crowded streets of urban regions, the Indian road system is in desperate need of an overhaul. Traffic lights need better synchronizing, roads need decongesting and ambulances have to reach the hospital on time!
This is exactly what Connected Transport aims to achieve.
What is Connected Transport
The idea of Connected Transport is to connect every asset and person travelling on a road. It essentially involves installing every vehicle, which includes private cars and motorbikes, public transport vehicles like buses, trains and planes, public safety vehicles like ambulances, police cars and fire brigades, and traffic lights and monitoring cameras with devices that connect the asset to a central hub via the internet. This will mean every utility and vehicle running along the road will be connected, to the hub and each other.
Here is how this will revolutionize transportation in India:
Decongestion of Roads: Vehicles, traffic lights and security cameras will transmit real time traffic information to the centralized hub. In case of a traffic jam or an accident, the hub will alert other drivers whose GPS is set for that route and suggest alternate routes. This will greatly reduce piling of cars in a jam and ensure you reach your destination on time. Imagine the impact this will have!
Quicker Ambulance Responses: Ambulances will be able to pick the fastest route to a patient in need by receiving live traffic updates. The central hub will be able to synchronize traffic lights along the ambulance’s way and greatly improve response time. The ambulance will also be able to transmit the patient’s vitals and health information back to the hospital so staff can be completely prepared even before the ambulance drives in. This will greatly improve survival rate.
Better Road Safety: Periodically installed cameras will constantly monitor for traffic violations and accidents. By quickly alerting all vehicles on route to the scene of an accident on a busy highway, major catastrophes can be completed averted.
Improved Vehicle Performance: The devices not only connect to a centralized monitoring hub, but also to the car manufacturers cloud system. Support teams perform real-time monitoring of the vehicles stats and can inform the driver in case of possible future breakdowns. The car can also be quickly located in case a breakdown occurs and a repair team can be deployed. The smart system also informs the driver of available parking at a parking lot, nearest petrol stations and allows for software updates on the fly.
Quicker Shipping and Deliveries: Freight carriers, on road, sea, and air will all be connected and coordinated. This will ensure quick and safe delivery of goods, and real-time tracking of every product and vehicle.
How Will This Work
Every vehicle and transport utility, like traffic lights and cameras, will have a Wi-Fi or 4G/3G/2G enabled device installed that can connect to a centralized system via the internet. In addition, every smart phone will also connect to the same hub. The in-built GPS system can then easily transmit location data and this data can be analyzed to quickly project traffic status, emergencies, and other vital information. This same network will be utilized to notify people, drivers, and the vehicle.
A city with a completely connected transport system will quickly become more organized and efficient. Autonebula aims to catalyze this transformation by accelerating startups in the realm of connected transport and providing all the necessary support to nurture their technological innovations.
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