16 Apr '17, 10am

A Cow-llision Alert System for Driving in India

Anyone working on autonomous vehicle decision-making spends a lot of time worrying about edge cases—situations that come up so infrequently that you can't predict them very well, and consequently can't prepare for them effectively. Here in the United States, a lazy cow lying in the middle of the road probably qualifies as such an edge case, but in India, it's very common, and a real concern for drivers. It's common enough, in fact, that researchers from Gujarat Technological University in Ahmedabad are developing a system that can detect cows in the road and alert the driver to take evasive action . The driving situation in India is fairly awful: the country is responsible for nearly 10% total traffic fatalities worldwide, and the number of people injured is of course much higher. In one region of rural India, about 6% of accidents were caused by animals in the roadway, mo...

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