Car accidents all too often lead to fatalities. Even during the pandemic-driven restrictions on movement, they continued around the world. However, if you look in Spain alone, there were over 12,000 accidents in Madrid in 2020, leading to 31 fatalities. In Barcelona, there were more than 5,700 collisions, causing 14 deaths. EurekAlert! brought this interesting topic to our attention in their article, “How artificial intelligence can help curb traffic accidents in cities.”

You may be saying “yeah, so?” The Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) is harnessing artificial intelligence (AI) to make decisions that will make cities safer for drivers and pedestrians. The researchers have looked into the correlation between the complexity of certain urban areas and the likelihood of an accident occurring there.

The data gathered can be used to train neural networks to detect probable hazards in an area and work out patterns associated with this high risk potential.

One more example how emerging technologies are working in all areas of our lives on the goal of faster, better and more efficient.

Melody K. Smith

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