Transit vehicle drivers face a tall task: safely operate long buses, overcome limited visibility, and navigate crowded city streets and crosswalks. With all the distractions of an urban environment, it can be easy for a bus driver to miss a pedestrian or cyclist in their blind spot.
Mobileye Shield+ is specially designed to address transit bus blind spots and Apillar obstructions, improving driver visibility and safety in congested urban environments.
Consider: Over just a five-year period, the National Transit Database reported that US transit buses were responsible for over 65,000 injuries. With transit bus management providers like DCAS finding that the majority of its collisions could have been avoided, the need for Mobileye technology is clearer than ever.
Mobileye Shield+ expands upon the same award-winning cyclist and pedestrian detection technology that drives our original collision avoidance system. Utilizing up to four multi-vision smart sensors, Shield+ is strategically placed around the bus to watch for pedestrians and cyclists that can become hidden in an A-pillar blind spot – in the front, on the left, and right sides. Shield+ leverages dynamic detection angles to constantly monitor the driving environment and provide realtime visual and audible alerts when pedestrians or cyclists are in the bus’ danger zones. Our system is so advanced, it’s actually capable of differentiating pedestrians and cyclists from inanimate objects.
By enabling greater collision avoidance, both the original Mobileye system and Shield+ help cities meet the standards set by Vision Zero, which aims to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries to zero, and the Smart City Challenge.
Mobileye Shield+ comes with a telematics system for fleet management in order to aggregate bus driver data and collision trends. This allows cities to identify Hot Spots that could require infrastructure improvement.
The Mobileye system also guarantees minimal false alerts to assure the highest level of driver attention when a real alert is delivered. Among the six alerts and features built into both the Mobileye Shield+ and original systems, the Pedestrian & Cyclist Collision Warning is of paramount importance to enhancing mass transit safety.
Pedestrian Collision Warning alerts the driver to pedestrians and cyclists in danger zones.
Even when the driver is paying complete attention to the road, pedestrians are more distracted than ever, e.g. looking at their phones rather than where they’re going, standing in the crosswalk instead of on the curb, trying to beat the light, etc. The Pedestrian Collision Warning provides an added layer of protection for everyone.
In an effort to create safer, more efficient metropolitan transit infrastructures, the US Department of Transportation pledged up to $40 million to help one city define what it means to be a “Smart City.” The goal was to create “the country’s first city to fully integrate innovative technologies – self-driving cars, connected vehicles, and smart sensors – into their transportation network.”
In addition to the $40 million funding award, the US Department of Transportation partnered with Mobileye to install Mobileye Shield+ on buses in the winning city’s public bus system. Mobileye Shield+ perfectly aligns with the direction of the challenge and offers a ready-made solution to reach its goals. Equipping fleets with Mobileye Shield+ makes cities more socially responsible and gives vulnerable road users and drivers the peace of mind that safety measures are in place to help protect them.