Signal Labs, based in SAN FRANCISCO, USA, is using AI technology in its mission to save lives.
In 2008, founder Hari Srinivasan lost a friend to a traffic accident. His friend misjudged a turn on a mountain road - and drove over a cliff.
"We couldn't help thinking he might still be here if there was just the right warning sign was in place. Sadly, our friend is not alone. More people die in traffic accidents than war & malaria combined. 90% of these accidents are driver errors, and 50% are due to under-informed drivers." Hari Srinivasan
Their team holds multiple automotive patents and has spent years creating award-winning products at Stanford, Apple, Ford and other top technology & automotive companies.
Signal Labs envision a future in which notifications on your car's dashboard replace physical traffic signs.
They have created a dashboard device (named 'Signal') which alerts drivers to traffic conditions, potential hazards, construction, accidents, and more as they happen. The device runs on Signal Labs software, analysing data from multiple sources, including existing road infrastructure, police reports, and private data.
Testing and use of Signal has taken place in the San Francisco Bay Area, but interest from the general public has prompted plans for a consumer model that can be used elsewhere.
If you live in the San Francisco area, you can download and use their free signal app
As a leading specialist in systems for long-range identification, Dutch-based Nedap offers a wide range of solutions to identify vehicles and drivers without delaying them.
There are over a billion motorised vehicles in this world that need to be parked when they are not in use. Parking, therefore, is a major and also growing global industry. Parking operators are all trying to optimise their occupancy rates to get the most return out of their capital investments in parking facilities.
Nedap have three solutions:
- Automatic Vehicle Identification:
Using Nedap's long-range RFID readers or ANPR readers, registered drivers can get easy access to a parking facility. Cars and drivers are identified automatically, and they can obtain access without delay.
- Parking Guidance:
Nedap's SENSIT wireless in-ground parking sensors allows the monitoring of the occupancy of individual parking bays. It guides drivers to empty bays and detects if anyone overstays.
- Smart vehicle access gates:
With Nedap MOOV parking management systems can be linked to several online portals that enable sales and reservation of a parking bay. The MOOV controller will open the barrier for authorised customers and will store relevant events for future analysis.
Rapid Flow Technologies, based in Pittsburgh, USA, have created Surtrac, an Intelligent Traffic signal control system.
- Time savings with real-time traffic control
Get people to their destinations 25% faster by eliminating stops, reducing wait time, and increasing travel speeds.
- Money savings with scalable deployments
- Air quality improvement through a 20% reduction in emissions
- Make 30-40% fewer stops, decreasing wear on the road and tires and resulting in cost savings for drivers and cities.