Artificial city

Limerick’s artificial intelligence project could end road carnage

Barry Lunn, Founder and CEO of Provizio

A cutting-edge research company based in Limerick is teaming up with a local robotics company to find an artificial intelligence solution to prevent road accidents.

University of Limerick-based software developers Lero and car perception start-up Provizio are on a mission to eliminate some 1.35 million road traffic deaths worldwide using AI and robotic technologies

Provizio founder and chief executive Barry Lunn said the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that each year more than 1.35 million people die in road accidents, with more than 50 million mutilated people, and that the cost to the global economy is estimated to be just shy. of 2,000 billion euros per year.

“Avoidable human error plays a role in more than 90% of road accidents. The numbers have not changed for over 20 years. We started Provizio to solve this problem first, then we will pave the way to safe, long-lasting and ubiquitous autonomy.

“With the right guidance, we believe robotics and drivers can work together to reduce road deaths and accidents to zero – 1.35 million to zero drives everything we do,” he said. .

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Lero researchers Dr. Ciarán Eising and Dr. Pepijn Van de Ven, in association with Provizio, will use data from on-board cameras and radar sensors to help eliminate traffic accidents for all drivers, human and robotic.

Dr Eisling said: “Every decision to move made by an autonomous car, based on its sensor inputs, is potentially a life-and-death decision. The critical nature of car operation means that only the car can make these decisions safely and reliably.

“A critical challenge for the successful deployment of autonomous vehicles is the vehicle’s difficulty in visualizing and understanding the environment in which it must operate safely and understanding its position within that environment,” says Dr. Eising.

Dr Van de Ven said they would work with Provizio to deploy the technology on Provizio test vehicles and make the developments available to automakers around the world.