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.”
Founded in 1969 by Jack Dangermond and his wife Laura, Esri provides digital mapping and analysis services to clients including cities, real estate developers, oil companies, FEMA, the U.S. Geological Survey and UPS, and has more than half the market for so-called GIS (short for “geographic information systems”) software. But cloud computing, the Internet of Things and the Smart City movement are creating opportunities for the Redlands, California-based company to help urban areas operate roads and transit systems more efficiently.
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