Pedestrian detection is an important entity in any surveillance system – it provides a clear understanding towards the semantics involved in deciphering video footages. This forms a crucial application development for the automotive industry as it could directly and positively affect the safety systems across the landscape. Most such software systems are designed to help avoid cars hitting a pedestrian or to minimize injuries by slowing or stopping the vehicle before it hits the individual.
The technology uses advanced sensors to detect human activity and movements and alerts the driver. There are much advanced software that even goes as far as to stop the brakes automatically when required. Stereoscopic cameras and radars are used to detect subtle movements in people. Infrared technology is being heavily used to help with the same during night time.
The end users for a technology such as this are the car and other heavy vehicle manufacturers who integrate it into their systems in order to help control their vehicles during heavy traffic and minimize accidents and losses.
The rapidly growing population along with the heavy increase in the average number of vehicles on road are the reasons for the growing concerns for enhanced pedestrian detection systems. The most important application of the software is to mitigate human loss due to errors on the road. Most developed countries have the technology totally equipped to handle pedestrian detection while it is still on its way towards application in developing nations. High disposable income amongst the top bracket also allows for luxury cars to have such features to sell better.
It has been found that usage of the technology could mitigate pedestrian crashes to 5000 vehicle-pedestrian crashes and 810 fatal vehicle-pedestrian crashes per year (U.S. Department of Transportation).
This is useful not just to the community in particular but also to the car manufacturer for whom the safety of their fleet is a matter of grave concern. Overall, it also ensures that the control over the number of fatalities is maintained and that the driver is better aware of his/her movements aided by the technology.
Most car and heavy vehicle manufacturers use this technology in their systems – this helps them stay ahead of the curve and also manage to charge an extra premium for automating a process where human intervention was considered difficult few decades back.
While all key automobile manufacturers are looking at the world over to introduce this software, the US and the European markets are clearly ahead in terms of proper usage. The fastest growing segment is the commercial vehicles and is driven by the need to enhance safety since these vehicles travel long distances.
North America and Europe rank high in terms of being the first movers into this space. Developing countries such as China and India are not too far behind in catching up. This is also facilitated by the fact that quite a few global automobile manufacturers have laid down models the world over that come equipped with this technology.
Some of the key players in this field are companies such as Bosch, Denso, Delphi, Toyota, Volvo, Audi, Nissan, Honda, General Motors, BMW and FLIR Systems.
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