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Artificial Intelligence For Prediction and Warning of Dangerous Situations

Technology Overview

A Nordic company has developed an artificial intelligence (AI) technology that can improve the prediction accuracy and provide alerts of dangerous situations. The AI technology has been successfully applied to predict traffic hazards in a Smart Pedestrian Crosswalk (SPC) solution to make crosswalks safer. This can help reduce the number of traffic accidents, which are often caused by poor decisions that road users make due to a lack information about the traffic environment.

Technology Features & Specifications

This smart traffic sign comprises a high-tech electronic signage positioned at either side of a pedestrian crosswalk to alert pedestrians and other road-users to danger.

Video and radar data technologies are used to monitor the situation around the crosswalk and sensor fusion technology merges the data from multiple sensors to reduce the amount of uncertainty involved. Then narrow AI algorithms are applied to the collected data to predict the moving trajectories of the road users. 

When traffic hazards such as speeding cars are detected, vulnerable road-users will be alerted through LED lights on the SPC that light up. Drivers of connected vehicles approaching the crossing will be notified of vulnerable pedestrians in the vicinity with vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication, a vehicular communication system. 

Besides traffic conditions, the sensors are able to provide a 360° live image feed, as well as detect temperatures, air quality, humidity, luminosity, visibility, noise levels and any sagging traffic lights. In the presence of pedestrians and vehicles, the AI technology can classify and count them, in addition to providing data on location, speed measurement and vehicle licence plate information. 

Potential Applications

This AI, V2X and sensor fusion technology can be used by government, private and law enforcement entities in the following ways: 

  • Smart Cities 
  • Connected vehicles
  • Increase pedestrian safety on the crosswalks
  • Enhance the adoption of self-driving vehicles 
  • Conduct post analysis and city planning based on collected traffic data 
  • Live weather reports
  • Counting for statistical purposes
  • Automatic licence plate recognition
  • Automatic data reporting

Market Trends and Opportunities

  • Intelligent transport system market: The global intelligent transport system market was valued at €23 billion in 2018 and is projected to reach €46 billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 10.5%, according to Grand View Research. This solution is suitable for the advanced traffic management systems (ATMS) segment which accounted for 38%, with estimated annual revenue of €8.7 billion. 
  • Reduction of traffic accidents: The European Union’s (EU) strategic objective to reduce both traffic deaths and serious injuries by 50% between 2020 and 2030 requires a wide range of innovative measures, and the current rate of reducing fatalities on EU roads will not be enough to reach the 2030 target. 
  • Autonomous mobility: Communication between vehicles, and between vehicles and infrastructure is essential for the safe integration and operation of automated vehicles. SPC’s novel object recognition platform offers an accurate and reliable perception of its surroundings that is suitable for autonomous mobility. 

Customer Benefits

This AI-based traffic sign with cameras and sensors offers the following advantages: 

  • Increased safety on pedestrian crosswalks by preventing potential accidents
  • Automated traffic data collection
  • Communication with connected and autonomous vehicles through V2X technology
  • Lower cost than traffic lights
  • Increased accuracy with sensor fusion technology
  • Well-adapted to different traffic situations and weather conditions
  • Able to measure average speed of vehicles

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