Fortunately the cases of “kamikaze drivers” They are not very frequent, but the serious accident rate in these scenarios is 10 times higher than in other road accidents, and the fatality rate is up to 20 times higher.
Avoiding these problems is the goal of RACC Infotransit, the application that now integrates the Bosch “Wrong-way Driver Warning” solution that detects the presence of drivers in the opposite direction on highways and expressways and alerts other drivers who have this application active while driving on those roads.
Avoiding rare but terrible accidents
Data from the General Directorate of Traffic reveal that between 2014 and 2018 there have been 17 frontal accidents per year caused by those drivers in the opposite direction – be they “kamikazes” or because of confusion – and in these situations there have been an average of 10 deaths and 12 serious injuries each year.
Although these figures are very low compared to the number of other road accidents its impact is hugeAnd precisely the Bosch solution that is now part of the RACC Infotransit application (Android, iOS) —an alternative to well-known tools such as Waze or Google Maps— tries to help avoid these situations.
The Bosch solution now available in 25 European countries and it is integrated into various navigation applications and radio stations. The system detects an average of 20 driving situations in the opposite direction every week throughout Europe, and now it arrives in Spain as part of the RACC application.
How does the warning system work?
The warning system makes use of servers to which our smartphone connects with the RACC application. As with other applications, In Infotransit we receive information about traffic, fixed speed cameras or about the closest gas stations, but now we also access those warnings from drivers in the opposite direction.
To detect if a vehicle is traveling in the wrong direction on the road, the system compares the actual movements of the vehicle with the permitted direction of the road when passing or joining the entrance area of motorways or expressways.
If the two information blocks do not match, the RACC Infotransit application alerts the wrong driver, both visually and acoustically. and at the same time an alarm is also launched to the drivers of approaching vehicles and who use this app.
The system is capable of detecting that you are traveling in the wrong direction and generate the warning in less than 10 seconds. Regarding the application, it must be opened in the foreground or background to receive notifications, something that allows it to be combined with other navigation tools if the user prefers them.
Bosch has indicated that since it was put at the service of drivers last March has already detected 11 situations of this type in Spain, and that despite the drastic reduction in mobility that was registered in the first months of the covid-19 pandemic.
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