So here’s some cool new technology when it comes to curbing distracted driving.
A technology and transportation company called Nauto is unveiling the auto industry’s first video-enhanced driver distracted detection feature. It uses artificial intelligence and cameras to detect and notate distracted driving.
It’s part of the company’s updated Nauto 2 system, rolling out to commercial fleet customers in North America. The aftermarket platform uses video and artificial intelligence to detect whenever a driver’s eyes divert from the road or engage in other distracted behavior. Then it automatically uploads it and scores the event’s severity via a secure app.
The company notes its upgraded Nauto 2 system launches at a time when traffic fatalities in the U.S. are rising at the fastest rate in 50 years. According to the National Safety Council, 68% of all crashes caused by distraction and 3500 of them ending in fatalities each year.
You can check out a video of the system below.
Read more from the company’s press release below.
“Distracted driving is a top reason why our roads are getting more dangerous and more crowded. Nauto’s own data shows a distraction event occurs, on average, every 4 miles. Our commercial fleets and professional driver customers have been demanding tools to detect distracted behavior and provide corrective feedback,” said Nauto founder and CEO Stefan Heck. “Our new system not only detects instances of distraction, it automatically scores the severity and uploads video of the event. We provide powerful visual context inside and outside the vehicle, and give drivers and fleet managers meaningful insights. The more accurately Nauto can observe human driving behavior, the smarter we can make the professional drivers who depend on us, and the safer we can make our streets and highways.”
Nauto is an automotive data platform, powered by artificial intelligence and an after-market dual-camera device, which can equip any vehicle or fleet with sophisticated safety and networking features. The Nauto 2 system also includes a new windshield mounted hardware design, updated deep learning and computer vision algorithms and smart cloud network informed by the accumulation of more than a million miles on urban streets and highways.
Nauto’s scoring system, called VERA (Vision Enhanced Risk Assessment) includes a risk rating for the frequency and severity of distraction events (for example, a distraction event while stopped at a red light would not generate the same high-risk score as a distraction event that occurred at 65 mph speed on a freeway).
Because Nauto learns from other drivers, the road and conditions around vehicles in the Nauto network, fleets equipped with Nauto have access to valuable features, such as automatically uploaded video of significant events and insights delivered in real time to help fleet managers improve overall driver performance and enhance the safety and efficiency of an entire fleet.