Vision Zero Action Plan Puts People's Safety First

Vision Zero Action Plan Puts People's Safety First

By Gov CIO Outlook | Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Checking the traffic flows, projects, and speed reduction programs tools help the cities and the municipalities to manage the transportation system.

FREMONT, CA: Telematics technology captures data wirelessly in real-time, and is used in municipal fleets to increase vehicle efficiency and guide driver behavior. Traditionally used as a fleet management tool, it can enhance downstream productivity efficiency, optimize fleet operations, such as maintenance and fuel spend analytics, institute, and measure the safety initiatives, automate regulatory compliance, and reporting.

Telematics—a Vision Zero Tool

Vision Zero is a road safety program proposed by the Swedish Government that was initiated successfully in Europe, and now being employed in the United States. Vision Zero focuses on eradicating traffic deaths and injuries by prioritizing road safety. The municipal fleet of the vehicle is an important point to note in this equation, whether they are used for shoveling the snow, responding to fires and emergencies or allowing the city employees to drive on official business. Measuring the fleets on the city streets provides useful information toward Vision Zero safety goals. Along with this, it also provides information on other areas such as fuel efficiency and congestion management.

Utilizing Telematics for Safety Measures

Helping the citizens meet their Vision Zero goals, telematics is used to encourage the municipal drivers to take initiatives on safe driving practices. By focusing on the major issues such as swerving and harsh braking events, aggressive driving, rapid acceleration and speed, the fleet operators can offer driver training that monitors specific problematic behavior. 

Smarter and Safer Roads

Other than the traditional use as a fleet management tool, telematics can maximize smart transportation. Access to the data allows cities to understand the effects of new projects and speed reduction programs, assess the efficiency of traffic signals, map air quality, and highlight hazardous intersections. All these tools help society and municipal corporations better manage the overall transportation system.

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