Every driver has likely experienced the mini-heart attack after looking in the rearview mirror and seeing a fire engine or ambulance blaring its siren mere feet behind the vehicle. Typically, the driver veers off to the shoulder as quickly as possible and waits until the emergency vehicle passes.
This problem can be exacerbated when cars go through intersections if other drivers are unable to hear or see the oncoming emergency vehicles. This is often where emergency vehicles can experience accidents causing a slowdown in response time and millions of dollars in repairs.
Cities have been looking into private-sector solutions to identify solutions to the problem. Grand Rapids, Mich., and Palo Alto, Calif., have working partnerships with HAAS Alert, a startup that is using mobile data to alert drivers of upcoming emergency vehicles in real time through V2V (vehicle-to-vehicle) notifications. Along with sending push notifications to drivers and cyclists, HAAS (which stands for Heedful Audio Alert System) also offers a dashboard of safety statistics including live fleet management tools and response rate analytics.
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