New signal to warn of oncoming emergency vehicles
It's to appear on the dashboards of all cars and lorries across the UK.
A dashboard signal warning drivers of any approaching emergency vehicles will be appearing in all cars and lorries across the UK thanks to a new government-backed initiative.
Emergency vehicles like ambulances and police vans will all be fitted out with GPS-equipped transponders which work to send important information regarding their immediate location and direction of travel out to all passing motorists.
It's hoped that the new project will be able to significantly improve emergency reponse times by allowing drivers to know exactly where the siren is coming from so they’re more quickly able to clear a suitable path for the approaching vehicle.
“We have a five-minute attendance time to respond to emergency situations,” said Peter Allington West Midlands Fire Service Community Risk Reduction Officer. “With that five minutes, if it allows us to get through the traffic more quickly it means we can get to the job more safely, and it might help us to save lives.”
It was developed as part of the UK Autodrive scheme which is dedicated to creating safe, reliable self-driving cars and is backed by major car manufacturers like Jaguar Land Rover and Ford.
Other projects dedicated to road safety due to be released in the coming months include Apple’s new safe driving mode for iPhones which will silence all incoming notifications and darken the screen in order to help you keep your whole attention focused on the road ahead.