Josh Fox Needs to Put Pc Imaginative and prescient to Work Making Biking Safer with the Survue Good Gentle

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Portland-based engineer Josh Fox is hoping to make biking safer with a tool that may regulate different automobiles — utilizing a digital camera and laptop imaginative and prescient mannequin to trace the trail of vehicles, vans, and different street customers and warn within the even of a probable collision.

“Survue detects automobiles’ actual location, predicts the place they’re going, alerts you if they’re close to, and robotically information video of automobiles that move too intently,” Fox claims of his creation, “providing you with most situational consciousness and peace of thoughts throughout your trip. Survue is the one know-how that may inform a passing car from a colliding car leading to significant alerts and confidence as you bike.”

The Survue goals to place laptop imaginative and prescient on the duty of constructing biking safer, by predicting what different street customers will do. (📹: Josh Fox)

The Survue, which doubles as a rear gentle, hyperlinks to the consumer’s smartphone to offer visible and audible alerts relating to site visitors approaching from the rear. Designed after Fox grew involved for the security of his toddler daughter in a bicycle trailer, the gadget goals to scale back surprises — and by triggering a built-in digital camera to report shut passes, improve accountability.

“As luck would have it,” Fox explains, “the required applied sciences all matured on the identical time at that time the place a battery powered gadget may run an optimized laptop imaginative and prescient algorithm effectively sufficient to slot in a type issue acceptable for the bicycling market.”

Survue — named for the French “sûr” and “vue,” which means “secure view” — is a purely vision-based method to the issue, consistently monitoring the digital camera’s video feed and operating a pc imaginative and prescient mannequin that may isolate automobiles and predict their path. Whereas this, Fox claims, can ship collision predictions higher than radar-based options, it additionally means the Survue is unlikely to work effectively in fog and different climate that restricts its view.

The Survue is at present funding on Kickstarter, priced at $215 for the primary 100 backers, a claimed 35 % low cost off the gadget’s deliberate retail worth; all {hardware} is anticipated to be delivered in Might subsequent yr, with Fox promising “yet one more iteration so as to add extra performance and improve manufacturability” in comparison with the present prototype.