Telstra has retrofitted 300 NSW NRMA vehicles with Mobileye advanced driver technology which uses an artificial vision sensor to monitor the road for pedestrians, cyclists, and other vehicles.
The device consists of a single camera and a dashboard alert unit to give the driver visual and audible warnings.
Mobileye, owned by Intel, develops computer vision, machine learning, and mapping technologies for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). It uses an artificial vision sensor to monitor the road of pedestrians, cyclists, and other vehicles.
Drivers are provided with audible alerts up to two seconds before a potential collision, allowing them crucial time to react. On highways and in urban areas, drivers are given up to 2.7 seconds forward collision warning for vehicles or motorcycles ahead.
Gerhard Loots, global IoT solutions executive said, “The Mobileye system also helps drivers reduce the overall likelihood of accidents by helping to maintain a safe distance between the NRMA vehicle and the car in front. It even provides speed alert warnings and lane departure warnings.”
“Safer drivers with better protection lead to fewer collisions and reduced operational costs. Collision costs are steep, from replacement parts and vehicle downtime to late delivery charges, increased insurance premiums and more.
“Drivers who use the system say that they brake harshly much less often, which helps reduce fuel usage and wear and tear.”
NRMA also plans on installing the system onto its patrol vans, linking the vehicle’s computer to the front-facing camera while installing a small display for the driver to view alerts.
Loot said NRMA patrol drivers are briefed on the new technology, and then they’re back on the road. “No advanced training or operation required: just a small, potentially life-saving upgrade to their invaluable mobile office. “
Most drivers have now had their kits installed for six to eight weeks, and have already reported that they feel safer knowing it’s there, he said. NRMA Patrols are set to provide ongoing feedback on Mobileye as they continue to roll with the system installed.”
The company said these systems will benefit the NRMA by creating safer driving conditions across the Mobileye-enabled fleet. Typically, after driving for some time with the system installed, drivers grow accustomed to the alerts and anticipate them.