Self-driving cars will one day have a big impact on urban traffic, but ahead of that tech companies are offering cities new cloud-connected tools to more effectively monitor and improve the flow of people, vehicles and goods. That includes plans by Esri and Intel’s Mobileye to turn transit fleets into powerful roving data collectors.
Esri, a mapping data – or “spatial analytics” – powerhouse, will work with Mobileye to feed visual and telematics data from sensors affixed to buses and other vehicles into Esri’s ArcGIS mapping platform the company says is already used by most of the world’s large cities. It expands Mobileye’s camera-based “Shield+” sensors from providing blindspot-monitoring for individual vehicles to one that can help prevent accidents and collisions citywide, said Jim Young, Esri’s business development chief.
“We're aggregating and visualizing the data Mobileye is seeing,” he told Forbes. “By having that more holistic view of taking all the individual observations and putting them in the context of the city, like looking at areas where previous accidents occurred, that whole overlay analysis … puts this data set in a context that becomes actionable and useful for the city.”