The Indian Ministry of Science and Technology said this unique approach uses the predictive power of AI to identify road hazards and a collision warning system to communicate timely alerts to drivers, to make various safety-related improvements. Artificial intelligence (AI)-powered solutions may soon make roads in India a safer place to drive. The Indian government announced on Tuesday that an AI-powered technology could reduce the risk of road accidents in the country, which have killed more than a lakh people in 2020. In a bid to prevent this from happening, the Indian government said the AI approach will use a first-of-its-kind dataset consisting of 10,000 images. He said that this dataset is finely annotated with 34 classes collected from 182 driving sequences on Indian roads obtained from a front-facing camera attached to a car driving through the cities of Hyderabad, Bangalore and their outskirts.
What hits a visitor to India first, quite literally, is the traffic. The combination of inadequate road infrastructure, increasing vehicle population, and poor driver training and discipline makes for a chaotic and often deadly mix. The result is a high rate of road accidents, with the estimate of fatalities ranging from one every four minutesa to over 238,000 each year.b There is much ongoing work in academia, industry, and startups on using artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to improve the situation. The general goal is to have affordable technologies that work with humans through effective monitoring and feedback, rather than replacing humans through full autonomy.
According to National Crime Records Bureau's data, a total of 4,37,396 road accidents were recorded in India in 2019. There are several reasons for these accidents and one of them is poorly maintained roads. Sometimes it becomes difficult for drives to determine the depth of small puddles due to water logging on the roads, potholes and unmarked speed breakers among other things. As a result, people are constantly looking for solutions to help make driving a safer experience and reduce risks due to the aforementioned issues. To address this issue, HERE Technologies and INTENTS MOBI have partnered to develop a technology solution – Intents Go – that will help address the rising road accidents and save thousands of lives that are lost due to speed breakers and potholes on Indian roads.
"Even primitive autonomous technology that exists today is better than an average human driver on the road" Recent moves by big players signal at the potential of India's AV ecosystem. Tata Elxsi has created a full-stack IP called AutonomAI to accelerate programs for AVs, and Intel's decision to gather data on traffic patterns to create algorithms to be used in India and overseas for autonomous driving. Moreover, a large number of AV startups have come up the ladder, especially in the last six years, namely: Swaayatt (2015), AutoNxt (2016), Ati Motors and Flux Auto (2017), Flo Mobility (2019), Minus Zero (2020) etc. Autonomous vehicles (AVs) startups in India, including Swaayatt Robots, Ati Motors, Netradyne, have raised substantial funding recently. Saurabh Chandra, Co-Founder, Ati Motors, said: "There is a confluence of factors due to the pandemic: workforce management has become challenging, prices are rising, making automation more attractive while technology is getting better and cheaper. There is an explosion of demand in the eCommerce space that can't be addressed by simply adding people; technology is the only way to handle the scale." India is a huge market.
India is a country with 1.3 Bn population. Recently, Union Minister for Road Transport Nitin Gadkari has sought the support of corporates to fulfil India's commitment to reduce fatal road accidents by 50% by the end of 2020 as the country is a signatory to the UN Decade of Action. However, India recorded 1,46,377 deaths in road accidents in 2017 alone. According to the World Health Organisation: speeding, driving while intoxicated or under the influence of psychoactive substances, non-compliance or absence of safety provisions, use of mobile phones, dangerous road infrastructure and failure to comply with the Highway Traffic Act have been some of the factors which lead to road accidents. However, these suggestions are on the issues which can be controlled or avoided by the drivers themselves with due diligence.