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Pedestrian Tracking & Collision Prediction

Case study

Pedestrian Tracking & Collision Prediction to Enhance Mobility Safety

We’ve developed software for detecting pedestrians and predicting their trajectories by leveraging the potential of Kalman filtering

Business challenge

A team of high-profile AI/ML engineers at BitsByteSoft has developed a pedestrian tracking and collision prediction module as an R&D project. Harnessing advanced technologies for road and pedestrian safety has long been one of our focuses, and our new solution addresses the rising need for safe mobility in big cities.

Urban populations are growing alongside the number of personal, public transportation, and last-mile delivery vehicles. These vehicles share increasingly crowded streets with pedestrians and cyclists, who are the most vulnerable road users. Globally, pedestrians accounted for 25% of all road traffic fatalities in 2018 according to the WHO Global status report on road safety 2018.

Besides street congestion, blind spots of large buses and heavy vehicles are another cause of incidents. Drivers must maneuver quickly and accurately while staying alert to any nearby movement. Workers on foot can also be exposed to potential harm on industrial storage sites from forklifts. With a full load completely blocking the view, forklift drivers may have more blind spots than areas of clear vision.

All these pedestrian safety issues encouraged us to work on a pedestrian collision prediction module. Our skills in machine learning and AI along with experience in object detection solutions led to the success of our R&D project for predicting pedestrian collisions.

Key features

Detect pedestrians and predict their trajectories

Detect pedestrians and predict their trajectories

Predict pedestrian-vehicle collisions

Predict pedestrian-vehicle collisions

Reduce incidents and increase safety

Reduce incidents and increase safety

Industry: Automotive

Expertise: Machine learning and artificial intelligence

Team size: 2 computer vision engineers

Project duration: 6 months


Deep learning / Kalman filtering / Keras / Mask R-CNN / Neural networks / YOLOv3

ML and AI in the automotive industry make instant road analysis possible, which is demonstrated in the video above showing pedestrian tracking software in action. The results of automatic road segmentation are highlighted in green, blue bounding boxes stand for pedestrian detection confidence, and green/red bounding boxes stand for predicted collisions with a low/high probability, respectively.

Business outcome

Active safety technology for preventing pedestrian collisions is important to protect vulnerable road users and move toward zero-traffic-accident society. Leveraging expertise in AI and ML solutions, BitsByteSoft provides software engineering services to help OEMs build intelligent vehicles that can perceive and react to road conditions up to 99.8% better than human drivers.

Being an extra pair of eyes, a pedestrian collision prediction module addresses the challenge of monitoring hazardous blind spots for drivers of both private cars and large vehicles maneuvering in narrow lanes and around people on foot. Once the possibility of hitting a pedestrian is detected, a driver will receive a visual and audio alert, thus getting more time to react. If the situation is defined as critical, the brakes will be applied automatically.

The advanced pedestrian trajectory prediction module we’ve developed will support automakers in enhancing the safety parameters of vehicles in urban, rural, and industrial environments. By equipping fleets with a pedestrian collision prediction module, companies will reduce incidents and associated costs and, most importantly, save lives.

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