Study May Lead to New Car Safety Features

RALEIGH, N.C., April 13 (UPI) — U.S. scientists say they’ve created software that allows a computer to understand what a video camera is imaging and to make decisions related to the data.

North Carolina State University researchers said their computer program allows a car to stay in its lane without human control, opening the door to the development of new automobile safety features and military applications.

“We develop computer vision programs, which allow a computer to understand what a video camera is looking at — whether it is a stop sign or a pedestrian. For example, this particular program is designed to allow a computer to keep a car within a lane on a highway, because we plan to use the program to drive a car,” said Professor Wesley Snyder, the study’s co-author. “Although there are some vision systems out there already that can do lane finding, our program maintains an awareness of multiple lanes and traffic in those lanes.”

The program the researchers wrote uses algorithms to sort visual data and make decisions related to finding the lanes of a road, detecting how those lanes change as a car is moving and controlling the car to stay in the correct lane.

“This research has many potential uses,” Snyder said, “such as the development of military applications related to surveillance, reconnaissance and transportation of materials.”

The study that included Rachana Gupta and Shepherd Pitts is to be presented in Anchorage, Alaska, May 4-6 during the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation.

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