People traveling by land, air, or sea are always worried about safety issues. This is why many travel companies spend millions of dollars every year in research and development, trying to find ways to make travel safer and boost the confidence of customers. Some of these technologies are already available, offering safety benefits in many respects.

Electronic Ground Proximity Warning System

Many plane crash incidents occur as a result of airplanes losing control and crashing into a building while trying to maneuver to try and achieve a safe landing. Technology to combat unintended ground impacts have been in the frontline for many years, and airline engineers and developers have been able to come up with the Electronic Ground Proximity Warning System. This technology which is installed in the airplane analyze flight parameters like closure rate with ground objects ahead, altitude, and aircraft location about path, airspeed, and terrain. It also provides warnings and alerts to pilots indicating when closure to terrain is unsafe, making it become a beneficial technology for saving lives during air flights.

Automatic Braking

Whether you’re riding a bike, car, or truck, the inability to apply brakes at the right time when the vehicle in front of you stops can lead to fatal accidents. A new technology that prevents inattentive drivers from having a crash is now available. The system makes use of two cameras in front and two in the back to sense children, deer, and other objects, and then apply brakes automatically. Currently, it is installed in high-end luxury cars and is very expensive. But many vehicle manufacturers are looking for ways to bring the technology to mainstream cars so that more people can take advantage of it.

Positive Train Control

Train collisions and derailment is the biggest form of train travel accidents around the world. This can be as a result of mechanical failure, human errors, a problem with the tracks, stalled cars on the tracks, etc. Positive train control or PTC is a technology designed to prevent train collisions, thereby making train travels even safer. PTC overrides operator errors occurring at critical points, like when rounding a curve or entering a station. When fully installed the system automatically stops a train before certain accidents happen. It can prevent accidents like derailment caused by excessive speed, unauthorized train entry into work zones, and movement of a train through misaligned track switches. PTC system has an onboard computer system that receives and analyze track data from locations and base-station radios. The computer provides engineers with advanced warning of speed limits and tracks conditions ahead, giving them time to react. The system is designed to automatically apply train brakes if corrective action is not detected during the warning period.

Preventing Multi Vehicle Pile-Up

Multi vehicle pile ups are one of the biggest problems in car travel safety, especially during cold weather. To combat this issue usually caused by the formation of black ice, engineers have released a technology that will alert drivers when the first car hits. Vehicles have sensors installed in them that measure surface temperature and other weather data. The system also checks pavement for potholes, relay data on windshield wiper, integrate towing software, measure antilock brake traction and control use, etc. A central computer then gathers this information and sent to other drivers to slow down.

Technology developed to make travel safer are helping to save millions of lives across the world and prevent billions in loss from damages. They are essential for travel companies, passengers, and even pedestrians, to become more safety conscious and prevent accidents. The future is bright for the travel safety as many technology companies are working hard to introduce more devices and software to keep you and your family safe.


by: Mark Palmer