Intel, INAI, IIIT-H (International Institute of Information Technology-Hyderabad), CSIR-CRRI (Central Road Research Institute), Mahindra & Mahindra, and NMC (Nagpur Municipal Corporation) together have introduced Project iRASTE(intelligent Solutions for Road Safety through Technology and Engineering) in Nagpur.
Leveraging the power of AI (Artificial Intelligence), this pivotal project aims to achieve up to 50% decline in road accidents in Nagpur city and create a blueprint to Vision Zero for the country.
Commenting on the launch, Nivruti Rai, Country Head, Intel India and Vice President, Intel Foundry Services said, “Technologies such as Artificial Intelligence will play a transformational role in enabling smarter and safer vehicles, roads and drivers. Intel is committed to enabling road safety and reducing fatalities in India through the use of technology solutions. I am excited to launch Project iRASTE, a unique collaborative initiative that brings together critical players to drive road safety in Nagpur and develop a blueprint for country-wide adoption towards Vision Zero.”
Project iRASTE was launched in Nagpur by the Minister for Road Transport & Highways of India, Nitin Gadkari.
About the project, Shekhar C. Mande, DG, CSIR said, “This is a wonderful example of multi-institutional collaboration between different partners from academics, industry and government with complementary skills to address the problems faced by society daily. I am glad to note that CSIR-Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) a pioneer in introducing the road safety audit programs on national and state highways and having completed the road safety audit of almost 9000 km will be providing necessary technical guidance in this project. They will help in identifying the accident-prone locations and also evaluate the drivers’ behavior before and after the installation of CAS (Collision Avoidance System) in their vehicles. This project being in Nagpur will certainly be a milestone in tackling the issue of road safety in India through the intervention of advanced technologies and can be emulated in different cities as well.”
Commenting on the collaboration, Prof P J Narayanan, Director, IIIT-H said, “Academic institutions have enormous knowledge and expertise that can and must be used to improve the condition of society. IIIT Hyderabad has been focussing on Applied Research that does precisely that. Through INAI, we want to transform academic expertise into population-scale impact. Roads and vehicles are the lifeline of the country but are also fraught with danger to drivers and pedestrians. We look forward to playing a role in reducing accidents significantly through the iRASTE project in the coming years.”
Redefining road safety with an innovative and holistic framework, Project iRASTE focuses on the three key aspects of vehicle safety, mobility analysis and road infrastructure safety.