Tailgating is one major cause of road accidents around the world. When cars follow other cars at high speeds, there is zero time or room for correction once the car in front has made an unexpected move.
Dubai, has come up with a clever device that could help. Tailgating being the reason for 43,200 road accidents in 2014, the tiny country has come up with a solution for that.
Dr Yousif Al Ali, the CEO of the Dubai Public Transport Agency, Ammar Al Braiki of the Dubai Taxi Corporation along with Mahmoud Al Rasheed of the Arabian Radio Network have come together to sponsor Back-Off Radio.
This simple mechanism uses two sensors, placed in the front and rear of the car. They are triggered if the car gets too close to another car or another car approaches a car, travelling above 60 km/h.
If a car is approaching too close and too fast, a message is sent to the radio of the offending car in languages such as English, Arabic, Hindi or Urdu.
The message will be, "Please keep a safe distance from the car in front. It could be carrying a friend or a loved one. This is a road safety message from the RTA and Virgin radio."
It a very simple, yet an effective way to warn another motorist how close he is to another car.