North India woke up to a dense rug of fog this early chilled morning and the national capital witnessed heavy traffic as fog obstructed visibility on roads. The MET department of India has warned that there might not be any respite as fog may continue to cause troubles in the coming days. Other than the chill and poor visibility, the morning fog has caused havoc in the city as well as the country. It has not only delayed and cancelled a massive number of national trains and international flights but also put Delhi on an alert for high levels of toxic air pollution.
Whilst the sheet of fog is covering most parts of the city, its impact has disrupted freedom of movement for road traffic. Extremely dense road traffic during foggy morning rush hours often becomes the reason for fatal car accidents. The traditional measures to prevent accidents in foggy weather are driving slowly at a safe distance and putting up more and more lights on the streets and highways to help gain clear vision. But installing these many lights on highways is an age old and expensive measure which calls for innovation.
Sensor technology is one example of modern technology which can ease the fear of accidents in foggy weather. Sensors implanted in a vehicle can warn the driver by detecting dangers in surroundings. A critical situation can be dodged by the help of these sensors as they can scan a vehicle’s blind spot. In sudden emergencies, alarms are also raised automatically by radar sensor technology to inform the driver of the dangers around the car. The vehicle detector technology can help make vehicles visible to others in poor visibility by automatic fog lamps. This is a great technology to bring about a change in security features of vehicles.
Now that MET Department has said that more is in store as fog is expected to linger for a week more or so, it is now time to adopt modern measures to predict and prevent accidents beforehand for maximum security.