1 Is 5G Really Here?
Is 5G connectivity necessary for an autonomous future? Peggy explains that 5G is going to be something to watch, as solutions are developed leveraging its power and speed. Still, she asks: Is 5G here? It depends on your definition of here. If you’re saying 5G is here is that the hardware is here, then yes. She says we can potentially do a lot of things quickly, but we have to think about what we are doing and how we want to do it.
2 The Distracted Driving Epidemic
Peggy and Phil Renaud, executive director, The Risk Institute, talk about research related to the distracted-driving epidemic. He says we need to be more aware of our environment and that the approach to distracted driving can’t be one dimensional. Rather, it has to be multi-dimensional. We need both legislation and behavioral changes to address it. He also indicates that urban planning—and roundabouts—can reduce the crash severities.
3 Driving Insights
Peggy and Praveen Edara, professor of civil and environmental engineering, University of Missouri, discuss a recent research project that looks at naturalistic driving. He explains that we need behavior-counter measures to reduce distracted driving—especially in work zones. He says that while it is one of the biggest, cellphones are just one of many distractions that drivers experience.