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Mobileye technology aims to increase pedestrian safety

MIAMI (November 14, 2017)

The Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW) will be testing new technology that will make street crossing safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

The Department has partnered with the Florida Department of Transportation, Florida International University, and ROSCO Collision Avoidance Systems to test the Mobileye Shield Plus System, or Mobileye, designed to improve Bus Operator’s visibility and safety in urban areas.

"Mobileye is a new technology that can give our Bus Operators an extra set of eyes in heavy pedestrian areas. Often, pedestrians will dart out between cars to cross the street and into a driver’s blind spot. We hope Mobileye can help drivers avoid incidents with bicyclists and pedestrians that occur in those situations. This type of technology is what is helping advance the development of autonomous vehicles," said Alice N. Bravo, P.E., Director of the Department of Transportation and Public Works.

The Mobileye crash avoidance technology is being set up on ten buses for a demonstration project. The autonomous vehicle (AV) technology system, consists of exterior and interior sensors, and driver interface displays, that alert Bus Operators of potential collisions with pedestrian and cyclists. Sensors cover the front and sides of the bus, providing 360-degree coverage around the bus.

The Mobileye technology will be evaluated on high-demand Metrobus routes to test the transit safety performance of AV applications. The goal of the project is to evaluate the effectiveness of these AV technologies in addressing transit vehicle-pedestrian conflicts and the associated safety problems.

This will be a 6-month demonstration project that is scheduled to start in mid-to-late December 2017.

A Metrobus with Mobileye technology will be on display at this year’s Miami Book Fair, from Friday, November 17th, through Sunday, November 19th. The bus will be parked at the intersection of NE First Avenue and NE Fourth Street in downtown Miami.

This is another way that DTPW is testing new, innovative technology to enhance mass transit safety.

To plan a trip on transit, download the free Miami-Dade Transit Tracker app.

Also available is the EASY Pay app, which allows anyone to turn their smartphone into a mobile ticket. Visit EASY Pay page for more information.

Transit riders now can also pay for parking via their mobile devices with the PayByPhone cashless app.