Pilot study on IIIH Hyderabad bus drivers shows that AI improves safe driving behavior NewsPipa

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New Delhi: According to a pilot study by the Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Hyderabad and the Central Road Research Institute, artificial intelligence-based solutions improve safe driving behavior.

During the study, an AI-based Collision Avoidance System (CAS) installed in the bus fleet in Nagpur showed a significant reduction in safety alerts received, encouraging better driving practices.

“In the initial period, 50 Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) Aapli buses were selected to equip AI-based Collision Avoidance System (CAS) devices to study their effectiveness in improving the safety of public transport buses,” said a senior official at IIIT Hyderabad. .

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“The study involved bus drivers with varying driving experience. The vehicles and routes assigned to the drivers were not constant. The normal operating hours of the bus fleet were between 5 am and 11 pm.

“The pilot study analyzed the distance of 3,00,000 km covered by buses from December 2021 to March 2022 with a median of 80 km driven by one driver per day,” the official said.

AI-powered CAS constantly monitors the road ahead and alerts the driver in the form of audio and visual warnings seconds before a potential collision.

“For example, it warns (the driver) of potential collisions with pedestrians, prompts for lane departure warning, forward collision warning and maintaining a safe distance from the vehicle in front,” the official said.

“Such real-time alerts are known to improve driver reaction times by up to 2X thereby reducing the likelihood of collisions.”

An average of at least 48 percent of drivers demonstrated improvement in safe driving behavior by the end of the first month of monitoring by reducing safety precautions, officials said.

“Improvements in defensive driving practices such as safe driving distances and alerting vulnerable road users (VRUs) are noteworthy,” the official said.

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