Improving safety and efficiency while reducing costs
Robocist is developing RoboCopilot -- an aftermarket safety device (ASD) and supporting intelligent transportation system that works on any car or truck. As an Internet-Of-Things (IoT) device, it makes any vehicle a ‘connected vehicle’ - providing enhanced situational awareness to drivers with the goal of significantly reducing accidents – saving lives and money while increasing travel efficiency. It is like an ‘air-traffic-control-tower’ for cars instead of planes.
Safety, congestion and the associated expense are considered significant issues with today’s road transportation system. According to the National Safety Council, in 2016, over 40,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes. The US DOT estimated that annual economic cost is over $240 billion with an additional $600 billion in associated costs from the loss of life and pain / decreased quality of life due to injuries. In 2014, due to congestion, Americans spent an extra 6.9 billion hours traveling and purchased an extra 3.1 billion gallons of fuel - costing $160 billion.
The top two leading causes of accidents are distracted driving and excessive speed, accounting for about half of all accidents. Drivers either are unaware of an impending threat or do not have enough time to adequately react. RoboCopilot address this national epidemic by providing intelligent, real-time driver alerts. When RoboCopilot identifies a potential hazard, it alerts the driver - bringing awareness of the hazard and ideally increasing the available time to react appropriately.
These alerts are based on RoboCopilot’s three main capability:
Situational Awareness: RoboCopilot observes and interprets the surrounding environment and provides timely driver alerts of potential hazards.
Communications: RoboCopilot can act as part of an Intelligent Transportations System (ITS). By utilizing existing communication, standards and rules to speak with other equipped vehicles, signs and infrastructure, potential hazards are identified before they become visible
RoboCollective: RoboCopilot utilizes the RoboCollective – a cloud based, big-data-analytics application that explores current and historical information to better identify and quantify potential hazards.
The RoboCopilot will exceed the current state-of-the-art for aftermarket safety devices:
Advanced Vision System. Stereo vision provides increased confidence levels in identifying potential hazards and accurately identify the surrounding environment. Further, the use of sophisticated image sensors allows the RoboCopilot vision system to operate in both low light and bright light conditions.
RoboCopilot communicates with equipped vehicles and infrastructure using Direct Short Range Communication (DSRC) protocols. DSRC equipped infrastructures are being installed nationally and have begun to appear in high-end vehicles such as the Cadillac CTS. DSRC will be mandated on new vehicles by the early 2020’s. By 2020; however, over 250 Million vehicles will not be DSRC compliant. By 2040, upwards of 50 million vehicles (20%) will not be DSRC compliant. As one might imagine, these non-participating vehicles will reduce the overall effectiveness of the DSRC mission to greatly reduce accidents.
Knowledge is Power:
Connectivity: RoboCopilot communicates to the cloud via its integrated cellular and WiFi network capabilities. Data collected by RoboCopilot can be uploaded to the cloud, and essential data downloaded as appropriate for the current location and conditions.
Route Logging: RoboCopilot collects relevant information traveled routes such as, but not limited to, timestamp, geographical location, vehicle speed, acceleration, momentum, heading, etc. This data can be analyzed later to evaluate the efficiency of the route taken, or the driving practices of the driver.
Event Recording: In an event such as a crash, RoboCopilot will save the vision information preceding, during, and following the event.
Machine Learning (ML): Cloud based analytics use machine learning to characterize and correlate events, locations, and actions to better assess driver threats and overall transportation network implications – the RoboCollective This provides support for driver awareness of road conditions, congestion, and hazards.
RoboCopilot is never distracted and never takes its eyes off the road. RoboCopilot can provide early warnings allowing the driver to take corrective action. In many cases, this may be enough avoid or reduce the severity of an accident – potentially having a profound impact on both life and property damage. Finally, RoboCopilot doesn’t make estimates; it makes calculations. RoboCopilot knows when you’re following too closely, it knows when you’re leaving your lane, and it knows when you’re going to hit something, and it knows how to warn you. It even communicates with other DSRC equipped vehicles and infrastructure to advise the driver on things that cannot be seen such as when unseen vehicles ahead have begun emergency braking, or when approaching an intersection, if a vehicle traveling in a cross path will enter the intersection into your path.
Who should use RoboCopilot?
RoboCopilot has the potential to help all drivers, even driers with safety features installed by the car manufacturers. With that said; however, fleet vehicles stand to have a potential for a quick return on investment (ROI) and therefore he largest impacts. Examples include:
Rental Car Fleets
Van and Carpool Fleets
Emergency Response Vehicles
And the list goes on ...
Fleet Management and Telemetry Software Companies
Fleet Management and Telemetry Software Companies can benefit from the RoboCopilot. The RoboCopilot can be adapted to support vehicle OBD logging and transmit data to fleet management software platforms. The RoboCopilot units could be adapted to provide recommendations to drivers that improve efficiency. Instead of analyzing driver behavior after the fact and providing periodic driving recommendations, drivers can receive real-time signals to improve there driving skills, improving vehicle efficiency and safety.
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