LYT Industry survey sheds light on why today’s emergency response vehicles are taking longer to respond to incidents and accidents
Existing Vehicle Preemption Technologies Are Inefficient, Difficult To Maintain, Hard To Process Larger Traffic Flows
Santa Clara, Calif., – August 2, 2022 – LYT, a leader in intelligent connected traffic technology solutions, announced today results from an emergency management survey that illustrates challenges and overall concern with the use of existing vehicle preemption technologies being utilized in communities across the U.S.
LYT commissioned an online survey in April in front of more than 2,500 first responders across the country to take their pulse of the performance of existing vehicle preemption technologies, as well as the impact heavier traffic patterns today are having on their response times.
Emergency response times have slowed for a variety of reasons. Approximately 73% of respondents said they are operating at either the same response time, a slightly slower or even a much slower response time in comparison to the last two years. Thirty-two percent said there is more traffic congestion on the roads today, and 26% said there are more drivers unresponsive to emergency vehicles today.
Forty-five percent of respondents said they are just moderately happy with their current emergency preemption technology. The reasons why for their overall dissatisfaction include no improvement in emergency vehicle performance (18%), impact on traffic congestion or traffic coordination (18%), too much traffic for the technology to be successful (13%), and a high level of staff resources needed to maintain the technology (10%). In fact, more than a third (34%) said they spend approximately 5-6 hours per month maintaining their current system.
The majority of respondents (roughly a third) said that between a quarter and half of all intersections within their community are currently using preemption technology. This leaves many other intersections without the use of this technology. A quarter of respondents said as few as 11% of their intersections use preemption technology.
According to the survey, 70% of respondents said they either do not have or are unsure of proper analytics or audit capabilities to view the performance of their emergency vehicle preemption service.
There are many reasons preventing communities from properly leveraging or using the technology. More than a quarter of respondents said they are currently using the technology but would like to change vendors. Twenty-three percent said ongoing maintenance and operations reasons are preventing them from using. Another 15% said they need to find a reliable partner with trusted technology.
“The results of our survey demonstrate several alarming trends that ultimately show it is more difficult today for first responders to properly arrive on scene in as quickly a manner as possible,” said Tim Menard, CEO and Founder of LYT. “From outdated technology, inefficient models, too much maintenance and working with the wrong partners, there are several key issues still preventing our nation’s first responders from implementing solutions that can improve their response times.”
LYT’s cloud-based software platform uses state-of-the-art connected vehicle and machine learning technologies to prioritize the flow of vehicles in a city and across a corridor. By optimizing public transport, emergency and other vehicles it enables shorter travel times, less congestion, improved air-quality and more reliable mass transit.