Can Technology Predict Florida Red Light Runners?

by Carmen Dellutri on December 28, 2011

Florida car accident attorneyResearchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have come up with an algorithm that predicts which cars are likeliest to run lights at intersections. For those of us who weren’t math majors, an algorithm is a step-by-step procedure for calculations used in data processing and automated reasoning.

Here’s something we can all understand—the technology has the potential to save thousands of lives.

In 2008, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2.3 million car accidents occurred at intersections across the United States, resulting in some 7,000 deaths. More than 700 of those fatalities were due to drivers running red lights. Sadly, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, half of the people killed in such accidents are not the drivers who ran the light, but other drivers, passengers and pedestrians.

How Does It Work?

Based on parameters such as the vehicle’s deceleration and its distance from a light, the group was able to determine which cars were potential “violators” — those likely to cross into an intersection after a light has turned red — and which were “compliant.”

The researchers tested the algorithm on data collected from an intersection in Virginia, finding that it accurately identified potential violators within a couple of seconds of reaching a red light — enough time, according to the researchers, for other drivers at an intersection to be able to react to the threat if alerted. Compared to other efforts to model driving behavior, the MIT algorithm generated fewer false alarms, an important advantage for systems providing guidance to human drivers.

The researchers report their findings in a paper that will appear in the journal IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems.

Source: MIT News

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