As cities expand, traffic backups, collisions and congestion on the roadways are leading to more idle time for cars.
According to the Department of Energy, diesel and gasoline-powered vehicles produced 1,511 million metric tons of CO2 in 2012, about 29 percent of all energy-related carbon dioxide emissions in the US.
Each year, U.S. vehicles consume more than 6 billion gallons of diesel fuel and gasoline—without even moving, and roughly half of that is wasted by passenger vehicles.
A few more stats:
- The average American commuter spends 42 hours a year in congested roads, and that number is only expected to go up as the U.S. economy grows further.
- Every ten minutes a driver spends idling in traffic releases more than 9.5 ounces of CO2 into the atmosphere
- More than 25 percent of traffic congestion is non-recurrent according to the Federal Highway Administration. Instead, it is caused by traffic incidents.
- A new report, Transport for Health, quantifies for the first time the combined impact of road crashes and air pollution from vehicles, and in doing so raises the annual death toll linked to motorized transport to more than 1.5 million worldwide.
- Together, the number of lives lost to road crashes and pollution from vehicles now exceeds the global totals for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, or diabetes, based on Global Burden of Disease data.
Increased idle time, resulting from more traffic accidents and congestion, creates more air pollution. This problem is preventable for cities that are interested in taking a few easy steps to get “smarter.”
HAAS Alert provides cities with real-time traffic information through existing mobile networks to create a V2V communications platform, connecting motorists to enable more efficient driving and reducing the amount of time engines idle unnecessarily:
- Cutting down on emissions and CO2 through accident avoidance and reducing idle time.
- Cutting down on traffic backups through re-routing.
- Enabling data to power smarter traffic lights for better traffic flow in urban environments,
HAAS Alert is a pre-emptive solution, providing information to help motorists route around problem areas or hazards.
We work directly with public safety departments and other public/private entities that affect the roadways to alert drivers in real-time to oncoming emergency vehicles, utility workers in the road, traffic incidents and hazards or roadblocks. As a result, this real-time reporting from the source (not crowd-sourced), and responding to them effectively, makes for safer roads, less congestion, and smoother traffic flow.
If we save drivers three minutes during their daily commute in traffic avoidance, the simple reduction in idle time will eliminate more than 16.45 lbs of CO2/car/year. With more than 86 percent of all U.S. workers commuting to work by private vehicle, either driving alone or carpooling, HAAS’s CO2 savings adds up to more than 2 BILLION pounds of CO2 per year.
Our cities are becoming more congested and that’s inevitable. Let’s use data to help them be smart, clean and more sustainable.