Monthly Archives: December 2017

Can the Internet of Things Lead to Less Nashville Accidents?

What can be done to reduce the rate of car accidents in Nashville? Many tout driverless cars as an upcoming revolution in traffic safety. After all, the overwhelming majority of car accidents are caused by driver error, and eliminating the human element in driving could drastically reduce the number of people who are injured or killed in car accidents. But fully autonomous vehicles are years away, so what can be done in the meantime to make Nashville roads safer? Some say that the Internet of Things and machine learning may be the key. The Internet of Things is a term used to describe the increasing connectivity between technologies that we use on a day to day basis. And some companies, such as Geotab, believe that the Internet of Things can play a proactive role in helping drivers adopt safe habits. It starts with data collection, something that many vehicles are…
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2017 One of the Deadliest Years on Record for Pedestrians

As the year comes to a close, we examine some sobering statistics regarding pedestrian accidents in Music City in 2017. As of early November, 19 pedestrians have been killed in the city – and November and December tend to be the deadliest months of the year for accidents. That means this number, already a record-breaker, could very well increase before 2018 starts. The group Walk Bike Nashville has teamed up with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office to launch the “Look for Me” campaign, which seeks to raise awareness of the issue of pedestrian safety and help keep our citizens safe on the roads. “Look for Me” is part of a statewide initiative to reduce the rates of walking and bicycling injuries and deaths. These types of accidents have been on the rise in recent years, not just in Nashville but across Tennessee. The majority of these types of accidents occur…
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Will This New ELD Mandate Prevent Truck Accidents?

Some Nashville truckers are speaking out against a new mandate that could mean safer roads for other drivers – but why? The mandate in question is allegedly intended to reduce the rate of drowsy driving among truck drivers, thus reducing truck crashes. Driver fatigue is a major problem in the industry, in part due to companies that incentivize drivers to drive longer, drive faster and haul more. While regulations do exist preventing drivers from driving too long or too fast, there are also ways around those regulations. Falsifying driver logs is one of those. Electronic logging devices (ELDs) are already in use by some companies to keep accurate tabs on truck drivers and ensure they do not violate federal regulations on their routes. But some drivers think that ELDs have the opposite of the intended effect. One truck driver, who regularly deals with ELDs, said that the complexity of the…
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