In­tel­li­gent safety sys­tem set for Dubai junc­tions

The National - News - - EMIRATES NEWS - CALINE MALEK

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

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