Velodyne Lidar joined the NVIDIA Metropolis program for our Intelligent Infrastructure Solution, which provides traffic monitoring and analytics, reported Anthony Davis in Highways Today. The story also notes that the City of Austin will use our solution to assess traffic conditions and identify proactive safety measures that can be taken to help save lives.
In an Ars Technica story on the Austin deployment, Jonathan Gitlin wrote that the solution’s location has an accident history and fatality risk that make the area an ideal place for the pilot project. The story quotes Jason JonMichael, assistant director of the Austin Transportation Department, saying:
“Lidar-based solutions hold tremendous potential to protect personal identifiable information while continuing to help us achieve our Vision Zero goal to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries on Austin streets. Velodyne Lidar’s Intelligent Infrastructure Solution could enable us to more efficiently collect and analyze the mobility that is needed to improve roadway efficiency and safety.”
Tahera Rahman of KXAN TV news in Austin reported the solution’s location at East 7th Street and Springdale Road is “part of Austin’s High-Injury Network, or roads that make up just 8% of the city’s streets but account for nearly 70% of the city’s serious injury or deadly crashes.”
The KXAN story quotes JonMichael saying:
“This particular technology would give us the ability to measure a person’s gait and, say they’re an elderly person… be able to extend that walk time across that intersection, so that person can safely, at their pace, make it across the intersection.”
In an IoT Evolution story, Maurice Nagel quoted Jon Barad, our Vice President of Business Development, saying:
“It is great to be working with the city of Austin on innovation initiatives that will certainly transform roadways into smarter, safer infrastructure for the community. Partnering with NVIDIA Metropolis allows us to help these communities and others address road safety challenges and improve traffic efficiency and sustainability.”