Intelligent safety system set for Dubai junctions
Artificial intelligence will soon be used on Dubai’s roads after Smart Dubai Office and the Roads and Transport Authority joined forces with a local start-up in a bid to cut road accidents.
In July, an early warning crash detector that would alert drivers to hazards and erratic road users was being developed. At the time, start-up Derq was testing the system that would involve roadside scanners search for speeding and swerving drivers and now that system is a little closer to operation.
“[We will] experiment with the use of AI developed in the American Massachusetts Institute of Technology to enhance safety at junctions witnessing overlapping traffic between vehicles and Dubai Tram,” said Mattar Al Tayer, the RTA’s director general.
“This technology is based on installing special sensors at junctions to figure out the speed of vehicles and the distance remaining for vehicles to cross the signal. Through using AI technology, the tram driver will be alerted before arriving at the junction to be cautious of a vehicle about to jump the red light signal.”
Georges Aoude, chief executive of Derq, said: “Our key objectives are aligned with Dubai Government’s priorities to significantly reduce accident rates by 2021, contribute to enhancing the mobility of Dubai and enable the safe deployment of autonomous vehicles by 2030.”
The agreement, signed in collaboration with Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority, includes demonstrating the benefits of technologies for road safety on conventional and autonomous vehicles in Dubai.
Georges Aoude, the chief executive of Derq