DOT sweetens Smart City Challenge prize with bus safety tech
- By Derek Major
- Jan 08, 2016
Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx upped the ante for the winner of the agency's Smart City Challenge, sweetening the prize for the winning city's public bus system with the installation of Mobileye's Shield+ technology on every bus. This is in addition to DOT's promise of up to $40 million and an award of up to $10 million from the Challenge’s launch partner, Vulcan Philanthropy.
Shield+ is a collision-avoidance system that strategically places multi-vision smart cameras around the bus that constantly monitor its blind spots. It provides visual, audible and vibration alerts when a pedestrian or cyclist enters a blind spot, giving bus operators enough time to react, avoiding accidents and potentially saving lives. In addition, the smart vision technology analyzes the environment around the bus, ignoring inanimate objects and pedestrians in safe zones.
Shield+ will collects data on buses’ routes to record the number of alerts and where they occur, giving city fleet managers information on drivers’ behavior and hotspots around a city where accidents may occur.
The winner of the Smart City Challenge will work with Mobileye to implement the system.
The Smart City Challenge supports the creation of a fully integrated, first-of-its-kind city that uses data, technology and creativity to shape how people and goods will move in the future. The Challenge aims to implement bold, data-driven ideas to make transportation safer, easier and more reliable.
“Our Department’s partnership with Mobileye significantly strengthens this Challenge, devoting additional resources to the winning city so it can further develop its own unique vision of what a fully integrated, forward-looking transportation network looks like,” Foxx said.
Derek Major is a former reporter for GCN.