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The all-seeing eye for better driving and the city

About a month ago I was taking a tour of Madrid in a car equipped with Mobileye technology. For those of you who do not know what Mobileye is, I point out that it is an Israeli company, bought by Intel, that develops and designs advanced driver assistance systems based on computer vision to warn the driver and avoid collisions. Although it does not only serve for this. It is also useful for the city to improve its urban mobility.

The car I got into equipped with the latest device developed by Mobileye to assist drivers of fleet vehicles, be they cars, buses, trucks or motorcycles, with the aim of alerting the driver with different sounds of road hazards.

The Mobileye 8, which will be marketed in Spain in early 2020 , is capable of reading speed, measuring brakes, and controlling turn signals and windshield wipers. And from the display the driver is warned if there is a danger of frontal collision with another vehicle, with a more or less loud beep or sound if we are going less than or more than 30 km / h, and with almost three seconds in advance; if pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles (cars, trucks, buses,…) have been detected; or if we have involuntarily left the lane; the safety distance, which is the most important alert of all, with other vehicles; and the reading of traffic signs to remind us at all times at the speed at which we have to go.

Mobileye 8 works thanks to a single, black and white camera, which sees everything and processes it with a computer vision algorithm with object recognition, in this case of nine frames per second, and which is capable of interpreting and identifying all elements seen in real time.

Currently, there are already around 50 million vehicles in the world with Mobileye technology , and a user app is under development to monitor driving so that insurance is paid based on how you drive. The price of Mobileye 8 will be around 850 euros installed, and it has to be installed by a certified installer. The price of the new device, which is not sold to individuals, does not include the price of the data service or the application, which are not yet defined.

All the information from the Mobileye devices, anonymously, is also used to know if the lines of a road are erased, how many bus stop points there are in a city, what is the state of the roads, or if there are potholes or cracks in the tracks; information that is key to the mobility of a city. This is, for example, one of the objectives of the Autonomous Ready initiative of Mobileye in Barcelona, together with the DGT and the City Council, to improve current road safety by analyzing the state of the infrastructures and knowing how the roads have to be looking to the future.

To achieve this, some 400 fleet vehicles have been equipped so far with Mobileye’s collision avoidance and mapping technology to reduce accidents. And these same vehicles are capable of passively registering the streets of Barcelona and sending this data to the cloud for analysis, in order to make it useful and to improve infrastructures and increase the safety of all citizens.

How does it work?

As the equipped fleets travel through the streets of Barcelona following their usual routes, the cameras incorporated in the systems collect anonymous information on the road infrastructures. This information is aggregated with external data, such as accident records or meteorological information. The aggregated data forms a basis for the application of artificial intelligence (AI) aimed at detecting potential dangers and identifying hidden problems that can generate risks for mobility.

As sensors gather more information over time, city leaders will be able to gain a deep understanding of the city’s risk profile and identify behavior patterns in daily traffic, where vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians coexist . As a result, city streets will be safer , while data-driven infrastructure improvements will make mobility safer and more efficient in the future.

So far, in Barcelona, 400 vehicles belonging to 12 local fleets have been equipped with the ADAS Mobileye 8 Connection system , the most advanced in the company and powered by EyeQ4 technology. Vehicles equipped with Mobileye technology will travel a total of 45,000 kilometers each day, sending data to the cloud about what the system’s cameras perceive.

During the first two months of the project, 240,000 pedestrians and 37,000 cyclists have been detected, and vehicles equipped with Mobileye 8 have come close to experiencing 668 collisions, which were potentially avoided thanks to safety alerts issued to drivers. The number of vehicles equipped with Mobileye systems is expected to increase to 1,000 in 2020 and 5,000 in three years.

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