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Mobileye Mapping Barcelona’s Roads to Improve Safety

As part of Autonomous Ready initiative, a program intended to enhance the safety of streets while analyzing the status of infrastructure to continue improving roads for the future, Mobileye is mapping 28,000 Miles of Barcelona’s roads daily. The company recently with Spain’s road safety authority, the Directorate-General for Traffic (DGT), and the City of Barcelona, presented data from the first two months of the mapping.

Through the Autonomous Ready project, the City of Barcelona and DGT are using cutting-edge driver assistance technology from Mobileye to make the city safer, both immediately and in the long term. It serves a dual purpose: Fleets gain a significant safety boost, while the city gains valuable insights into the most accident-prone points in the city where infrastructure can be improved.

The equipped fleets travel the streets of Barcelona on their usual routes, and on-board cameras collect anonymous information about roadside infrastructure. This data is then aggregated with external data, such as accident history or weather information. This aggregated data becomes the basis for the application of artificial intelligence (AI) in the detection of potential dangers and the identification of hidden problems that generate mobility risks.

Over time, as these sensors gather more information, city leaders can gain an in-depth understanding of the city’s risk profile by identifying patterns of behavior in the daily traffic in which vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians co-exist. As a result, city streets are safer today, while evidence-based infrastructure improvements make for safer and more efficient mobility tomorrow.

Barcelona’s public-private collaboration incentivizes city fleets to join the project by providing preferred status to these “safe fleets” in areas such as parking, access, and loading and unloading privileges. Additionally, these fleets are preparing themselves for expected EU regulations mandating the use of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) technology beginning in 2022.

There are 400 vehicles from 12 local fleets have been equipped with Mobileye 8 Connect™, Mobileye’s retrofit ADAS system powered by the EyeQ®4. These vehicles collectively travel 28,000 miles – or 45,000 kilometers – daily

“At Mobileye, safety comes first” commented Gil Ayalon, Mobileye director for the EMEA region. “And for that reason, we are in the continuous process of technological development to protect the most vulnerable road users and to lay the groundwork for future autonomous vehicles. Any city that wants to make its streets safer now can take advantage of this advanced technology to do so. Through the Autonomous Ready initiative, Spain is pioneering the adoption of innovative technology and becoming a world leader in the field of road safety and mobility.”

Source: Press Release, Intel

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