Can Artificial Intelligence Make Car Accidents a Thing of the Past?October 4, 2017
Most car accidents are caused by some degree of human error. Speeding, tailgating, texting while driving, and driving under the influence are all behaviors that can cause serious car accidents. As the technology for artificial intelligence continues to grow and develop, many believe that our roads will become a safer place if humans are no longer a factor in the driving equation. Computer software has been developed that can detect events before they happen, thereby preventing potentially life-threatening accidents from occurring.
Microsoft Distinguished Scientist, Dr. Victor Bahl, developed a software algorithm that analyzes traffic footage. Using artificial intelligence, the software can recognize traffic events that are considered near-misses, like a motorist slamming on the brakes to avoid rear-ending the car ahead. The software uses a surrogate safety analysis to identify these near misses as surrogate events. Ultimately, this can detect risks before a wreck happens.
If specific traffic patterns emerge, transportation officials in cities across the country will be able to pinpoint the high-risk areas. The software cannot yet differentiate between pedestrians and bicyclists and is in the development phase. A human being must identify an object several times before the software can recognize it on its own.
How Artificial Intelligence Can Improve Safety
Autonomous cars are just one example of artificial intelligence that is expected to have a significant impact on the transportation industry. The following are additional examples of how artificial intelligence can make our roadways safer:
- Safer driving: As the technology advances, autonomous cars will be able to communicate with surrounding infrastructure. For example, the vehicle can communicate with a traffic camera, allowing it to avoid hitting a pedestrian that was obscured from its view.
- Time-saving: Artificial intelligence can help drivers save time in numerous ways. Xerox Research Center Europe is an example of this as it plans to develop software that can locate available parking spots on city streets by “communicating” with cameras on buses. The Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon is another example as it is working on traffic lights that can communicate with each other, helping to improve the flow of traffic at busy intersections.
- Improve public safety: According to Dr. Bahl, traffic cameras can include technology that enables them to identify vehicle information that can help aid in Amber Alerts.
- Navigation Assistance: The technology in self-driving cars may use connected cameras to provide real-time traffic alerts, helping to avoid congested areas. This might pit it against navigation apps like Waze and Google Maps.
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