With the aging of the population and the rising average age of drivers over the coming years, road signs will have to bear larger letters and be illuminated and intersections will have to be improved, according to Technion Prof. Shalom Hakkert, scientific director of the Ran Naor Foundation to Promote Road Safety Research.
Hakkert said this on Thursday at a road safety workshop sponsored by Or Yarok, the voluntary organization to promote road safety founded by Avi Naor - whose son Ran was killed in a road accident.
He added that the future will bring more safety systems that limit vehicles' speeds and improved navigation and information systems in cars - and that this would help reduce accidents.
In 2009, the number of road dead has decreased "significantly," said Naor. "While we are happy about this, we must conduct scientific research to understand what has caused this reduction in casualties," he said, as the factors are not clear.
Hakkert predicted that in the future, the relative use of public transportation and bicycles will increase, while that of private vehicles will decrease.