The Internet of Things (IoT) can seem overwhelming to people who don’t live in the tech world on a daily basis. But there are very real benefits that IoT transportation can bring to people and they won’t have to be tech-savvy to appreciate them.
#1: Traffic lights that communicate
How often have we said or heard the lament, “We managed to hit every red light,” after navigating traffic on a road with multiple lights in a short distance? In those moments it seems like the traffic light gods have conspired against us.
With IoT, they can start conspiring for us!
IoT enables cars and traffic lights to communicate with each other, ensuring the lights “know” how much traffic there is and changes from red to green can be done in a way that keeps the best pace possible—for everyone.
#2: Cars that are alert
The tragedy of a fatal car wreck when someone misses a stop sign at a 4-way is too common. IoT transportation technology can have sensors embedded in all 4 signs, enabling them to communicate and know when a car has run a stop. Communication can be extended to sensors in nearby cars, alerting them to the danger.
The same technology could be used to indicate which driver has the right-of-way, rather than guessing who got there first amidst crowded traffic.
#3: User-friendly public transportation
People in big cities rely on everything from buses to the subway to get around. And unless it’s part of a routine you have down pat, it can be stressful trying to plan your route and manage expectations on how fast everything will arrive.
But with IoT, apps have already been developed to allow users to see at which stop they should get off, which bus/train they should pick up next and when it will arrive.
These are just 3 potential benefits of IoT transportation that everyone will appreciate, regardless of their general comfort level with tech.