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In an attempt to avoid road accidents in Nagpur, Intel, INAI, IIIT-H (International Institute of Information Technology-Hyderabad), CSIR-CRRI (Central Road Research Institute), Mahindra & Mahindra, and NMC (Nagpur Municipal Corporation) together launched ‘Project iRASTE’ (intelligent solutions for Road Safety through Technology and Engineering).
Union minister Nitin Gadkari launched the programme on Sunday in the city. Moreover, same technology would be implemented in other cities in a phased manner.
For the project, Intel India contributed on-board systems based on ADAS technology; CSIR-CRRI provided its domain expertise in road engineering, IIIT-Hyderabad conducted AI-based research to address population-scale road safety through the INAI centre for applied AI research.
Under this project, public transport vehicles in Nagpur would be equipped with ‘collision avoidance technology.’
The sensors in these technologies would also help the device to map the dynamic risk of the entire road network (grey spot map) and alert the driver to take required remedial action.
A release said, “Vehicles belonging to NMC will be equipped with collision avoidance technology that can reduce accidents and near misses by up to 60 percent, while sensors will help map the dynamic risk of the entire road network, which can be used by agencies to prevent and rectify accident-prone zones, also called black spots.”