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Esri puts live transit-sensor data on the map

As cities work to decrease pedestrian traffic fatalities, many have incorporated technology to improve visibility for bus and municipal transit drivers.  The systems relay information about imminent accidents and pedestrians or cyclists in drivers' blind spots so they can avoid collision.

The Mobileye system, which was tested on buses in New York in part of the city's Vision Zero program, uses multiple vehicle-mounted sensors to detect lane markings and speed limit signs as well as vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists -- both in front and on the sides of the bus. The system continually measures and tracks the distance and speed of the bus and the objects around it as it moves through traffic and provides visual and audible alerts to warn drivers to make necessary adjustments in time to avoid a collision.

The company's Shield+ system also collects data on the vehicles, recording the number of alerts and where they occur, giving city fleet managers information on drivers’ behavior and hotspots around a city where accidents often happen.

Now Mobileye is partnering with Esri to feed the collision avoidance, road safety and telematics data from its Shield+ sensors into Esri's ArcGIS mapping platform, where it can be viewed on the Mobileye Smart Mobility Dashboard. Alerts will be updated to the dashboard in real time, providing a citywide view of pedestrian and cyclist safety to traffic and fleet managers, Esri officials said.

“We're aggregating and visualizing the data Mobileye is seeing,” Esri's Business Development Lead Jim Young told Forbes. “Taking all the individual observations and putting them in the context of the city, like looking at areas where previous accidents occurred, that whole overlay analysis … puts this data set in a context that becomes actionable and useful for the city.”

By directly uploading geospatial data from municipal buses to the dashboard, "cities will be able to anticipate and help prevent the next collision, while in general managing all of their assets much more efficiently,” said Nisso Moyal, Mobileye's director of business development and big data.

In October, Mobileye proposed a Responsibility-Sensitive Safety system that could quickly evaluate collisions involving self-driving cars to determine who, or what, is at fault. It would leverage the automated vehicle's sensors and compare that data to a predetermined set of mathematical rules describing safe driving and decision-making.

As part of the than $50 million prize as the winner of the 2016 Department of Transportation's Smart City Challenge, Columbus, Ohio,  received  Mobileye Shield+ technology installed on every city bus.

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