Improved detection in cars could make roads safer for pedestrians

Image: Ken Straiton/Corbis By Kellen Beck2016-02-10 08:07:46 UTC As smart and self-driving vehicles gain more momentum, the technologies around detection systems improve and become more reliable. And as humans who occasionally cross streets, who wouldn’t want improved pedestrian detection? First picked up by Phys.org, engineers at the University of California, San Diego have been working on the CompACT detection system for vehicles, which specifically looks for pedestrians. According to the team’s report, the CompACT detectors film and analyze at 2-4 frames per second, detecting people in real time based on a complicated algorithm, and it’s pretty accurate. Pedestrian detection isn’t anything new in cars — Volvo first introduced detection in 2010, which recognized vehicles and people as separate objects using a front-facing camera and radar. Volvo has also worked on…


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