Researchers at Tel Aviv University (TAU) and General Motors are developing algorithms that will enable car-mounted cameras to detect road hazards and alert drivers to make split-second decisions. TAU professor Shai Avidan says the goal is to develop a system that can recognize people, distinguish them from other moving objects, and react almost instantaneously. Avidan also worked on another smart-camera system called MobilEye, which detects and tracks vehicles in real time.
Avidan's new project is developing smart cameras that are aware of their surroundings. For example, such systems would help drivers check for vehicles in their blind spot, avoid children that dash into the street, or automatically block the car door from opening if a cyclist is racing by. The underlying technology also could be used in computer games to track a player's movements, or for surveillance to detect a potential intruder.
"Now, as the price of cameras drop and computer power grows, we'll see more exciting applications that will keep us safe and make our lives more comfortable," Avidan says.
From American Friends of Tel Aviv University
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