Every year, more than 80 000 people are killed on European roads. 24 000 of them are pedestrians or cyclists, i.e., vulnerable road users. The prevailing realities in traffic are characterized by the fact that most of the accidents involving vulnerable road users occur on pedestrian crosswalks, as the current traffic management measures are not sufficient to avoid serious accidents.
The main purpose of the Smart Pedestrian Crosswalk is to improve traffic safety on unregulated pedestrian crosswalks. The design complies with all requirements concerning the roadside Cooperative Intelligent Transportation Systems (C-ITS) applications, and blends into urban environments seamlessly thanks to its centrally-integrated hardware. The device monitors the situation on traffic lanes and on sidewalks with several safety and notification functions implemented, including vehicle-to-everything (V2X)communication protocols.
By notifying motorists, pedestrians and connected vehicles, the system is able to provide additional time for participants to react and avoid serious harm to human life. SPC works well as an alternative to traffic lights, which can cost several times more than the SPC. SPC also helps clients to advance static infrastructure digitization as it offers a variety of data management opportunities.
The most significant advantage of the SPC solution is its Operating Software based on Artificial Intelligence (AI). The device is able to predict traffic hazards and notify participants 0.5 to 1.5 seconds in advance. When installing the devices no prior programming has to be commenced as the AI will learn the traffic patterns and optimizes itself accordingly.
The project author is Bercman Technologies, a company that is dedicated to developing Smart City, Smart Road and Mobility related innovative products and services for ITS and C-ITS applications.