Why Railroad Crossings Are A Grave Danger For Self-Driving Cars

According to compiled statistics, every 90 minutes in the United States a vehicle and a train collide. That’s a staggering and somber stat.

Train-vehicle crashes are a lot more common than most people assume they are. Plus, sadly, injuries and deaths are the likely result of cars and trains opting to ram into each other. There are about 500 deaths each year in the United States due to failures to safety navigate a railroad crossing, amounting to about 20,000 deaths over the last forty years…

Furthermore, we’ll eventually have V2I (vehicle-to-infrastructure) electronic communications that will entail having our roadway infrastructure send out electronic signals to alert self-driving cars about roadway artifacts and conditions. If a bridge is out, the bridge itself might be emitting via an Internet of Things (IoT) device that any cars approaching the bridge should pursue a different path.