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The question of digitizing highway infrastructure

by Dubaiforum

Derq AI platform

As more advanced cars operate on the roads, one of the main concerns for drivers and pedestrians is safety. With all models from 2017 until now equipped with auto-brake and reverse camera features, automobile makers and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hope to create a stable and safe driving experience in the ever-changing mobility landscape.

The creators of Derq, an artificial intelligence platform, are lending their hand in developing safety measures and explaining why everybody should digitize road infrastructures.

“California is one of the few states that made investments into their advanced infrastructure like the connected corridors on I-10, as this helps them eliminate congestion and accidents.” Georges Aoude said. “This is a cost-effective solution because you are deploying a software and system to enhance or even replace the hardware already present.”

Aoude is the CEO and co-founder of Derq, an award-winning MIT spinoff powering the future of roads for safer and more efficient movement of road users and autonomous vehicles. Through its proprietary and patented technology, Derq provides cities and fleets with an artificial intelligence (AI) platform that powers advanced analytics and connected & autonomous vehicle (CAV) applications to help them improve road safety and better manage traffic.

Derq uses the existing infrastructure and camera sensors which help the AI collect data and predict the outcome of traffic infractions.

Aoude explained the data collected transfers into two solutions called Derq Insight and Derq Sense.

“Derq Insight allows us to provide insight to the cities and road agencies to help them better understand the roads and how to make them safer. The solution also lets us detect hotspots and helps predict where the next crash could happen and how it happens.”

Aoude detailed that Derq Sense focuses on real-time efforts and interactions. The example he uses is that they collect data from all the sensors at an intersection, this allows them to see in real time the actions of drivers and people. If somebody is about to Jay-walk, they can send an alert to their phone to notify them it is not safe to cross.

Derq is in states like Michigan, Nevada, Texas and Florida. It is also used in the country of Dubai. It is coming to markets in New York, London, and California soon, as more tests are running and corrections are made to the software to better adapt to different roadways.

To learn more about the Derq software and how it affects everyday travel, visit https://tinyurl.com/5e2bdn3r.

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