There are few networks in the United States that are relied uponas much as its roadway. 

As one of the country's most essential infrastructure systems,millions of individuals and businesses rely on roads to conductdaily routines. As a result, our roads are heavily monitored tokeep them as safe as can be. But any pedestrian, cyclist or drivercan tell you no road is completely risk-free, and much of that hasto do with a lack of digitalization.

A recent report by The Brookings Institution, "The Digital Road to Safety," examined theconnection between city road safety and data from a variety ofpublic, private and civic perspectives. It found that although datacan certainly improve the design and management of city streets aswell as behavioral and business practices, the barriers towide-scale sharing and new system adoption are equallysignificant. 

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Denny Jacob

Denny Jacob is an associate editor for NU PropertyCasualty360. Contact him at [email protected].