Airtificial applies artificial intelligence to road safety
- Airtificial develops a network connectivity system between streets and pedestrians through sensors and wearables that alerts pedestrians to the risk of being run over.
- This new intelligent technology, the first of its kind in Spain, will be able to detect the movement of traffic and pedestrians and the potential risk situation.
- Airtificial thus diversifies its technology, engineering and connectivity solutions to grow in a new ‘connected’ city model in the mobility sector.
Airtificial continues with its strategy of diversification of products within the mobility sector and applies artificial intelligence to a new model of smart and connected city. The Company is collaborating in a research and development consortium in a pilot project in which it will apply artificial intelligence, among other cutting-edge technologies, through a high-tech sensor and display system integrated into urban infrastructure and road signs, which will use different methods to warn pedestrians of risk situations. This research has been developed and funded by, among others, Asociación Inserta Innovación (part of Grupo Social Once) through Sabedoria Ciencia y Tecnología, A.I.E., holder of the rights to the Walkerpisa project.
The new ways of urban mobility that have mushroomed in recent years, such as bicycles, electric scooters, or hybrid and electric vehicles, can pose an added risk when crossing the city for people with disabilities, especially at intersections, where the different zones marked out for each of them intertwine. This new intelligent road safety system is initially designed for people with some kind of disability, whether visual, intellectual or otherwise, but is scalable to all citizens. This scalability is due to the fact that it will be installed at an intersection with road signs and will have a network of sensors capable of identifying and alerting pedestrians who do not have an interconnected ‘wearable’ of the risks it identifies by means of different stimuli. Airtificial will integrate machine learning processes by which the system will learn new situations and improve its operation on its own to adapt to new dangers and the needs of the environment.
The rapid evolution of new and emerging urban mobility is seen in the growing use of bicycles, scooters or electric motorbikes, among other increasingly popular methods of transport. In addition, the proliferation of bike lanes is causing a change in the urban infrastructure of cities, making it difficult for people with disabilities to move around. With this project, the system that Airtificial is developing aims to design the mobility of the future with an urban infrastructure that applies artificial intelligence to adapt to different situations on public roads. This project also aims to be scalable and flexible so that it can be installed in as many municipalities and urban morphologies as possible, thus offering greater safety to people with disabilities when travelling on public roads in the face of the new risks generated by new forms of urban mobility.
Airtificial will cooperate in the development of this project in its Airtificial Aerospace & Defense plant in Seville, where it has a highly technical staff and where it develops different technical, IT and energy efficiency solutions for all types of mobility industries. Airtificial Aerospace & Defense works for the aviation, railway, micro-mobility and electric mobility sectors. The division specialises in different lightweighting projects using composites or the development and mass production of high-tech electrical and computer components for civil aeronautics and defense programmes.
Airtificial’s CEO, Guillermo Fernández de Peñaranda, said he was “excited to work on the technological implementation of a new solution for urban mobility and, moreover, with an innovative client, which is part of the Grupo Social ONCE, through artificial intelligence and machine learning in a project that is set to become part of the smart urban infrastructure of cities around the world. This project also reaffirms the positioning and extensive experience of the Aerospace & Defense business unit within the different mobility industries through innovative engineering systems that will benefit all citizens”.
Airtificial provides global and innovative design and manufacturing solutions for the automotive, aeronautics, infrastructure, and other industrial sectors, integrating advanced technologies, such as robotics and artificial intelligence that, together with human interaction, contribute to a more sustainable development. It has an operational presence in thirteen countries in the main markets of Europe, America, and Asia; and contributes to the digital transformation and the automation and optimisation of its customers’ processes in the industrial field through sustainable and competitive growth.
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