While collision avoidance systems have been on the market for years, proving effective at improving fleet safety, some fleet managers and drivers may still consider them mysterious pieces of technology under the hood or on their dashboards. So, what powers the collision avoidance technology tasked with keeping fleet drivers and other road users safer every day?
To understand how these systems work, consider the human eye. People drive using their vision, and to mimic this, Mobileye has used decades of experience with artificial intelligence to create its vision sensor: another set of eyes on the road that never become bored, tired, or impatient. Consider a person who has been behind the wheel on a highway for eight hours. How much concentration can they truly muster to keep a safe distance from the car ahead of them? While fatigue and distraction can cause fatal mistakes for drivers on the road, a collision avoidance system is immune to these conditions.
The tricky part, however, is getting the computer to “see” as a person sees and react appropriately. That’s where Mobileye’s rich history and wide acceptance in the market plays a significant role. For over 25 years, Mobileye has been developing the artificial intelligence (AI) necessary for a computer chip to tell the difference between a stopped vehicle and a moving vehicle, or distinguish between getting too close to the vehicle ahead and just being stuck in heavy traffic.
This level of learning takes years, and millions of miles to acquire. Mobileye’s AI has been developed over two decades and is based on more than 200 million miles’ worth of video footage. This footage is painstakingly analyzed and used to train our AI. Is that a traffic sign or a pedestrian? Our AI has “seen” and been trained on enough footage to know the difference. All of this experience is burned into Mobileye’s EyeQ® chip, becoming part and parcel of our collision avoidance system.
Mobileye Alerts and the Mobileye Connect Platform
This technology is what powers the ultra-accurate driver alerts found in Mobileye 8 Connect™, our cutting-edge collision avoidance system. The Mobileye 8 Connect let drivers know when they’re following too closely or in danger of a collision with a pedestrian, cyclist, or other vehicle, affording them life-saving seconds of reaction time.
And now, Mobileye has developed the first-of-its-kind online fleet management tool that harnesses the power of Mobileye 8 alerts to share valuable data with fleet managers: the Mobileye Connect Platform. Now, you don’t just know where your drivers are, you know how they’re driving. With precise vision-sensor alerts, you can visualize your fleet safety with easy to-use standardized scoring of risky driving events. By gaining insight into your drivers' performance and identifying dangerous driving behavior, you can prevent collisions while also improving future training opportunities.
With their ability to analyze road conditions and provide real-time alerts to drivers, simply put, collision avoidance systems prevent accidents and save lives. With the ability to act in real time as well as capture important data, they empower fleet managers to optimize operations, reduce costs, and improve overall efficiency. As technology continues to evolve, collision avoidance systems will likely play an even more significant role in shaping the future of transportation, ensuring safer journeys for everyone on the road.
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