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AI-powered Project iRASTE for road safety launched - 14-Sep-2021

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Chennai: In a unique collaborative initiative between the government, industry, and academia towards advancing road safety, Intel, INAI, IIIT-H (International Institute of Information Technology-Hyderabad), CSIR-CRRI (Central Road Research Institute), Mahindra & Mahindra, and NMC (Nagpur Municipal Corporation) together launched Project iRASTE (intelligent Solutions for Road Safety through Technology and Engineering) in Nagpur.

Leveraging the power of AI (Artificial Intelligence), this pivotal project aims to achieve up to 50% decline in road accidents in Nagpur city and create a blueprint to Vision Zero for the country. Project iRASTE was launched in Nagpur by the Minister for Road Transport & Highways of India, Shri Nitin Gadkari.
Commenting on the launch, Nivruti Rai, Country Head, Intel India and Vice President, Intel Foundry Services said, “Technologies such as Artificial Intelligence will play a transformational role in enabling smarter and safer vehicles, roads and drivers. Intel is committed to enabling road safety and reducing fatalities in India through the use of technology solutions. "
Redefining road safety with an innovative and holistic framework, Project iRASTE focusses on the three key aspects of vehicle safety, mobility analysis and road infrastructure safety.

It aims to re-imagine road safety with the predictive power of AI. Advanced Driving Assistance Systems (ADAS) will offer an economical way to enhance the safety of fleets and road users. ADAS alerts, alongside driver assessments and training can notably improve driver performance.

Mobility analysis will continuously monitor dynamic risks of the entire road network to define grey and black spots – areas that are high risk or accident prone. Preventive maintenance of such stretches will avert black spots before they claim lives.    
Under this project, Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s fleet of vehicles will be equipped with collision avoidance technology, that can reduce accidents and near misses by up to 60%.

Sensors in these technologies will also help map the dynamic risk of the entire road network (grey spot map) for the first time.

Project iRASTE will conduct detailed studies to recommend engineering fixes for existing black spots and implement an AI-powered system for continuous monitoring of road infrastructure quality.
Project iRASTE uniquely leverages the expertise and capabilities of each of the partners. Intel India brings onboard systems based on ADAS technology.

CSIR-CRRI brings domain expertise in road engineering and IIIT-Hyderabad is undertaking AI-based research to address population-scale road safety through the INAI center for applied AI research. Finally, Mahindra & Mahindra with their vast experience of driving major road initiatives will conduct road safety public awareness programs and driver trainings in Nagpur.


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