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Can Techs Make Roads Safe?

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In 2020, when the epidemic kept people at home, Americans were far fewer miles than usual. but More people died on the streets.

Our roads are dangerous, especially for pedestrians. I’m curious as to whether having more technology to enforce traffic laws can help – or will it make things worse.

I am reminded every time that I do reckless driving where I live in New York. (And there is some evidence that this is increasing.) People on my part everywhere want drivers to give blitz drivers with tickets to drive or speed up a red light. But i’m also careful mass surveillance.

I talked about Sara Kaufman, Is the Associate Director of the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management at New York University. He said that, in the short term, more automated traffic enforcement can make our roads safer and reduce potential biased police stops of motorists.

In the long run, however, Kaufman believes that the best technologies to make our roads safer are the ones that take options out of people’s hands. This includes vehicles that are programmed to force people to follow the speed limit and apply brakes on red lights.

Yes, she knows that some people will hate it. But, she said, we should not be complacent about deaths and injuries on US roads, and instead that we consider driving unusual.

Let’s take the problem back: Cars have become safer for those inside them over the years, but the number of people who died on the roads in the United States last year has reached 42,000, according to preliminary figures advocacy group. This was higher than the deaths in 2019, and the number was not a discrepancy. Risks have generally increased Pedestrians, Motorcycle drivers and others who are not inside vehicles.

Kauffman gave some points about the ways that technology can help make us safer, as well as some of its limitations.

First of all, getting tickets in the mail after the camera sharpens your image or running a red light in your car can be a relatively effective obstacle, but it is not perfect.

In New York and some other places, traffic tickets from cameras came after a month. A ticket may have thought twice about speeding someone up next time, said Kaufman, who called camera enforcement highly rewarding. But, she said, it does not stop risky driving in the first place.

An Opinion column in the New York Times said last week that cameras plying at high-speed drivers or expire license plate tags could reduce police traffic that disgruntled black drivers, and sometimes Violence and even death occur. (Dentin Wright’s shooting stopped badly in an encounter led by a police officer in Minnesota.

Black americans are also on a Higher risk of dying from vehicle accidents, And Kaufman said more automated traffic enforcement could help find out what he called the dual problems “under policing and security”.

But, Kauffman said that in the long run, the best road safety technologies were those that superseded human judgment. She imagines more cities and car manufacturer Installing technology that automatically forces drivers to follow the speed limit and brake on the red light.

Some cities require speed restrictions in rented scooters and electric bicycles. “Why isn’t limited speed the deadliest way to travel?” Kaufman asked.

Although she believes her suggestion may ban some people as to what they can do with their cars, Kaufman said: “People are dying because of not following certain rules. Why a proper system is?

It always bothers me when technology is proposed as a prelude to man-made problems. Some road safety advocates have not pushed for other changes to the technology, such as Streets facelift, More enforcement of seatbelt use, Rules for safe, small cars And moving away from our dependence on cars. And yes, Kaufman and I talked about autonomous cars. They promise to be more secure but are unlikely to hit the streets in large numbers for many years.

Ultimately, in Kauffman’s view, the things we need are both what we can do with cars and rethink the role of the automobile in American life.


Tip of the week

Have you whispered and cursed at your Poké Home internet connection? I have. Brian x. Chain, A consumer technology columnist for The New York Times, tells us how to identify the reason for that slow-down connection.

Netflix movies load forever. Your video call has a grainy and loud sound. Even web browsing seems sluggish.

You must identify the cause of the problem. Is this your router or your internet service provider?

There is a method to find out:

  • Download the Internet Speed ​​Test App on your phone, like Speedtest by Okola (for free) Iphone And Android phone) Belongs to.

  • Stand near your router and use the app to run speed tests.

  • Move away from the router to a room and run the speed test again.

  • Compare the results.

A test result of less than 15 megabytes per second is quite slow. A speed of about 25 megabits per second is sufficient for high-definition video streaming; More than 40 megabits per second are ideal for streaming multiple videos and playing video games.

If your Wi-Fi router had speed test results that were fast, but far from slow, the problem is probably that of your router. If the speeds in both test locations were slow, the problem is likely your Internet provider.

Once you solve the problem, check my column again on Slow Internet Speed ​​to learn about the solution.


  • Secrets of TikTok fame: Nobodies can quickly become viral sensations with a TicTalk video that hits a nerve, such as skating an audball dog or skateboarding with cranberry juice. But The Wall Street Journal writes that Some users say that it is difficult to replicate the success of TicketLock..

  • How the epidemic changed book sales: People bought more books in 2020 through large retailers such as Amazon, Walmart and Target, where people browse less and buy more titles by established authors and celebrities. An executive at Barnes & Noble said, “We sell great things online.”

  • Fun Fact: About 10 percent of all web searches have some error or typo. A Buzzfeed News Writer Tries to understand why he is bad at typing, And digs into technology that protects us from our mistakes, including autocomplete on our phones and Google trying to understand our typos.

See this Ducklings take a jump from the dock in the water. Some of them are not very beautiful, but all of them are adorable.


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