California State University, Sacramento is Eliminating Near Misses at a Dangerous Cross Walk and Enhancing Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety.
Mountain View, CA, August 28, 2018 – VIMOC Technologies, a leader in Vision-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions at the edge of the network, has deployed their popular Crosswalk Safety solution at Sacramento State (California State University, Sacramento) to increase pedestrian and bicycle safety. VIMOC’s Rosella™ Platform has helped the University reduce near misses involving pedestrian and bicycles at a campus crosswalk historically challenged by nighttime lighting conditions and speeding drivers.
Each year in the US, pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities comprise about 16 percent of all traffic fatalities with approximately 5,000 pedestrian deaths and 800 bicyclist deaths. Another 65,000 pedestrians and 48,000 bicyclists are injured in roadway crashes annually. The advent of intelligent, vision-based platforms that inform the infrastructure about the presence and status of vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists will be one of the core foundations of traffic safety in the future. Public acceptance of automated and autonomous vehicles on a large scale basis will not happen until pedestrian and bicycle safety issues are adequately addressed.
Sacramento State has been at the forefront of providing safe paths to pedestrians and bicycles. As a large campus with a daily population of 35,000 people, pedestrian and bicycle safety is critical to the day-to-day transportation management in the campus. “The Hornet cross walk has been an area of concern for pedestrians and bicycles with several near misses reported,” said Tony Lucas, Senior Director of Sacramento State’s Transportation and Parking services. “Identifying the right technology solution to increase safety was critical for us.”
In partnership with VIMOC Technologies, Sacramento State has implemented a real-time, highly accurate AI-enabled Crosswalk Safety solution with traffic signage and lighting provided by xWalk. VIMOC’s Crosswalk Safety solution detects and classifies pedestrian and/or bicycles approaching the crosswalk, automatically triggering flashing lights (from xWalk) on a traffic sign and pavement warning vehicles to slow down or stop. Additionally, the system is constantly sending data to the VIMOC cloud, enabling University transportation operators to visually analyze crosswalk usage, pedestrian and bicycle numbers and traffic patterns to better understand their environment.
“VIMOC’s Artificial Intelligence enabled cross walk safety solution helped us eliminate near misses and created a safer cross walk and dynamic situation awareness for drivers,” said Tony Lucas.
“Working with Sacramento State has given us the opportunity to demonstrate and validate a new and effective approach for pedestrian and bicycle safety,” said Tarik Hammadou, CEO of VIMOC. “We are working to enable the future of intelligent transportation in which vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians can safely coexist.”
VIMOC will continue to work with Sacramento State by providing its AI-based solutions in pursuit of a Smart Campus environment.
UCLA Deploys VIMOC Technologies’ AI-Driven Multi-Modal Transportation Solution
Intelligence at the edge will optimize ride-hailing efficiency, infrastructure utilization
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (November 15, 2017) – VIMOC Technologies, a leader in delivering Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions at the edge of the network, has deployed their Smart Multi-modal transportation solution at UCLA to allow for the effortless fusion of public, private and ride-sharing transportation. With its flexible embedded applications, VIMOC’s deep learning Rosella™ Platform has helped Multi-modal transportation at UCLA’s Gateway Plaza loop coexist safely and efficiently.
The advent of ride-sharing companies has narrowed the gap between yesterday’s world of Automobility and tomorrow’s world of Multi-mobility. We no longer live in a world that is cleanly divided between public and private transportation; while ride-hailing vehicles are owned by private individuals, they offer a public service. People often use ride-sharing services where public transportation and public parking spaces are scarce or inconvenient. This changes how traffic environments must be constructed and monitored, since ride-sharing vehicles need curb space for the safe embarking and disembarking of passengers.
UCLA has been at the forefront of this transition for addressing ride-hailing transportation needs. As a metropolitan campus with a daily population of 76,000 people, UCLA prioritizes transportation safety and efficiency, and has embraced the reality of 68,000 ride-hailing stops per week. UCLA has opted for a coexistence approach in dealing with the usage of their limited curb spaces, which accommodates all forms of transportation while maintaining an orderly traffic flow.
“Gateway Plaza is a vital hub for the university’s functional transfer of our students, employees and visitors,” said David Karwaski, Senior Associate Director of UCLA Transportation. “With the addition of over 60,000 weekly ride-hailing drop-offs and pick-ups, ensuring safe and efficient traffic flow has given us the opportunity to pursue traffic and curb space management with an entirely new perspective.”
In partnership with VIMOC Technologies, UCLA has implemented a real-time and highly accurate AI-enabled system that visually detects and classifies various forms of transportation such as buses, cars, bicycles, and pedestrians with a view for soft enforcement. Soft enforcement is UCLA’s innovative approach to ensuring that ride-hailing vehicles understand and respect the curb space being made available for their safe operation. “VIMOC’s Artificial Intelligence enabled Multi-modal solution has ensured our scarce curb space is managed and enforced most effectively,” said Karwaski.
“Working with UCLA has given us the opportunity to demonstrate and validate a new and effective approach for Multi-modal traffic management,” said Tarik Hammadou, CEO of VIMOC.
VIMOC’s technology addresses the coexistence of public, private and ride-sharing services with unprecedented real-time and reliable data.
“Intelligent Transportation System solutions can be effective when the gathered intelligence is highly accurate and can be presented in real-time,” said Hammadou. “Operators can then act upon this data to make significant improvements to existing structures and guide transportation behavior.”
VIMOC will continue to work with UCLA by providing AI-based solutions in pursuit of a Smart Campus environment.
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