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Transport Minister mulls use of AI to enhance street security | Autocar India

Written by Rashmi

Printed On Dec 03, 2021 08:00:00 AM

The Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari instructed the usage of synthetic intelligence for enforcement of visitors guidelines and managing visitors congestion.

Whereas autonomous automobiles will not be a actuality in India within the very close to future, Union Minister of Street Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari believes that synthetic intelligence-driven know-how can quickly be used to enhance street security and cut back visitors congestion.

“My imaginative and prescient is to make use of AI for enforcement functions, particularly the place state authorities equipment is falling quick on account of number of causes,” he stated on the latest ‘all.ai’ 2021 Summit organised by tech large Intel.

  • Lane self-discipline, overspeeding, seatbelt utilization, and extra, will be monitored utilizing AI
  • As a pilot mission, Nagpur buses have been geared up with AI-powered tech
  • Experiments with AI could possibly be prolonged to different elements of India

Scope for AI use

The minister stated that there are many alternatives for software of AI-driven applied sciences within the transport sector to take away human interference and risk of errors, thereby bettering efficiencies and security. “I encourage AI utilization for pressing and urgent points, akin to enforcement of lane self-discipline on nationwide highways, particularly for vehicles, detection of over-speeding and seatbelt utilization, finishing up forensic post-crash investigation, observing sample of accidents at black spots and putting in fatigue indicators and sleep detectors for drivers and superior car collision [prevention] methods,” he stated.

He additional stated, “AI can be utilized to mix knowledge from all these sources, which will be utilised for making appropriate modifications on the coverage stage. The non-public sector can prolong its cooperation and supply technological help to engineering college students and third-party companies to check and submit an Accident Evaluation report utilizing AI-based applied sciences.”

“With the assistance of AI, we will measure, handle and predict visitors situations which can permit us to take obligatory steps to keep away from congestion,” he added.

ADAS pilot mission in Nagpur

Gadkari talked about that the Ministry of Street Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has constituted a Nationwide Street Security Council (NRSC) as an unbiased physique to conduct street security actions in session with all stakeholders.

“I had the chance to launch an AI-powered mission referred to as iRASTE (Clever Options for Street Security by way of Expertise and Engineering) in Nagpur,” he stated. “It’s a distinctive industry-academia partnership, initiated by the Nagpur Municipal Company, Intel, INAI, IIIT-Hyderabad, Mahindra & Mahindra, CSIR-CRRI (Central Street Analysis Institute). The mission brings collectively prime specialists from India within the area of AI and street security.”

Below the mission, Nagpur metropolis buses might be geared up with AI-powered Superior Driver Help Methods (ADAS), which can present an alert to the motive force two seconds earlier than any collision occurs. In case of collision, the know-how will assist establish and map potential accident ‘black spots’ on your complete metropolis street community, which may then be used to implement early preventive security measures. The monitoring is finished repeatedly on metropolis roads to assemble details about street floor, belongings and different infrastructure that may permit well timed enchancment work and guarantee security of street customers.

“I’m positive that the mission will lead the world in leveraging AI for street security targets. I’m additionally assured that after the success of the mission in Nagpur, we’ll wish to broaden such initiatives throughout India,” said Gadkari.

Urgency to enhance street security in India

The transport minister stated street security is the topmost precedence of the Indian authorities, which is endeavouring to scale back street accidents by 50 % by 2024.

“At this time, India accounts for five crore accidents, about 1,50,000 fatalities and three,00,000 critical accidents yearly. The nationwide and state stage freeway comprise solely about 5 % of the community, however they’ve a share of as much as 60 % in street deaths,” he stated.

He continued, “Over the past a number of years, we have now been engaged on a multi-pronged technique – constructing higher roads and fixing points with present street infrastructure to advertise security. Efforts are additionally underway on coaching drivers and spreading consciousness about street security in public. We’re implementing superior know-how, digital surveillance methods for protected and environment friendly visitors motion on Indian highways. We perceive the answer requires a really collaborative method from the grassroots stage to take the time profitable.”

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