Published: September 18, 2014 | United States
AT&T launched a new initiative, Connected Intersections three months back building on its national efforts to raise awareness about the dangers of texting while driving . The challenge seeks to leverage smart phone technology and wireless networks to make pedestrians, cyclists and motorists more aware of their surroundings and alert them to potential dangers. To kick-off Connected Intersections, AT&T, NYC Media Lab and New York University’s Polytechnic School of Engineering produced a white paper drawing on research from around the country that examines smart phone distraction and impediments to traffic safety.
Connected Intersections is a three months intensive competition where developers will compete to create smartphone apps and wearable solutions that aim to augment the public’s connectedness to their immediate surroundings while reducing distraction. It challenges software developers, UX/UI/IxD professionals, designers, and technologists around the world to submit technological solutions that apply smart phones, wearable technology, and wireless networks to improve traffic safety and reduce collisions. Recently, forty-five newly developed apps were entered into the contest, including one designed to allow a smartphone to detect when a driver is getting drowsy and issue an audible warning. Technology developers from 13 countries have entered the competition. More than half of the innovators are based in the United States, and New York City is home to the most entrants, with eight.Eight winners will share prize money totaling $50,000. The public can vote on winners through the end of September and the winners will be decided on 21 October, 2014.
Some of the new cutting-edge applications found were as follows:-
Drowsy Driver: When the phone with a front camera is placed in the docking station, the camera focuses it on the driver’s face. It not only calls out to the driver when sleepiness washes over them but alerts pedestrians and cyclists in the immediate area that a motorist with heavy eyelids is approaching.
Another entry, dubbed AroundMe, warns users if they are on a course to cross paths with a car or bicycle in the next 30 seconds. In addition to a verbal alert, AroundMe displays the potentially dangerous car or bicyclist with a red icon on its smartphone-accessible map. Guardian Angel, another entry, recognizes in darkness and heavy rain when someone is walking or biking on the road up ahead. Both driver and pedestrian/cyclist to have the app for it to work. After detecting a person, the app projects their path and rate of travel.
In addition to Marissa Shorenstein, AT&T’s President for New York state, the judges are Kim Wiley-Schwartz, an assistant commissioner with the New York City Department of Transportation; Mitchell Moss, director of New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation; Justin Hendrix, NYC Media Lab’s executive director; R. Luke Dubois, assistant professor at NYU’s Polytechnic School of Engineering; and Matt Brimer, General Assembly co-founder.
Following is a brief roster of apps that are competing in the challenge:-
- The Green Line
- Sentient Streets
To learn more about these apps and see the full list of entries, please follow this link.
For more information regarding the registration process, prize money and logistics, please follow this link.