Lidar solutions deployed to form basis of new effective traffic policies.
Quanergy Systems and iCent have partnered to install a new Smart Light Detection and Ranging (Lidar) solution to improve pedestrian crossing safety in school zones in Seoul.
The Smart Safety School Zone solution will gather data that will form the basis of new effective traffic policies and help decide on the best technology to keep pedestrians and drivers safe.
In 2012 South Korea held the second highest pedestrian death rate among OECD countries at 10.8 road fatalities per 100,000 people. Since that time, the country has made considerable efforts to lower these figures, with 2017 recording the lowest number of pedestrian crashes and fatalities within the preceding five years. However, in terms of maintaining pedestrian safety, particularly for young people under 20 in school zones, pedestrian-vehicle collisions remain a serious issue.
To help tackle this, Quanergy’s M-Series Lidar sensors have been installed at school crosswalks in the local government of Nowon-Gu. The sensors gather environmental real-time data that includes patterns in vehicle traffic, vehicle speeds and pedestrian numbers.
Once the raw data is collected, Quanergy’s Qortex DTC perception software analyses it, and then sends it to iCent’s iSaver software platform for further evaluation.
The sensors provide 360° coverage and offer more than 95 per cent accuracy to deliver reliable data with just one sensor per crosswalk. This solution only requires a limited number of devices to install and maintain, which the company said would deliver low operating costs. The local government of Nowon-Gu has made budget savings by replacing its existing traffic monitoring system with the product.
“With Quanergy’s AI-based 3D Lidar solution combined with iSaver from iCENT, we are able to move one step closer to establish safety policy for the children,” said Seung Rok Oh, alderman of Nowon-Gu.
The solution provides enhanced insights including situational awareness, broader coverage and increased accuracy. For example, they can accurately detect a person standing in a blind spot, a situation that frequently contributes to pedestrian-involved accidents. In addition, sensors perform reliably in any environmental condition, including bad weather and extremely bright or low light.
“Many people hear the word ‘Lidar,’ and they think autonomous cars,” said Enzo Signore, CMO at Quanergy, “But there’s so much more the technology can do to improve the quality of life for people around the world. We’re excited to leverage our expertise in Lidar to make school zones safer and more efficient.”