Nortek Security & Control LLC (Carlsbad, CA)

Safety for pedestrians and drivers can be improved by using techniques and systems that detect and classify objects along the route of a vehicle. The information about classified objects could be shared with the human driver to warn the driver of potential danger conditions. Also, the information can automatically be interpreted by the operating system of the vehicle. In an example the case, a camera connected to a vehicle could take images from an image sensor. Machine learning and neural network-based computing can be used by a computer system to identify pedestrians in the images. In an example the case, the computer can process information that comes from an area of interest within the images, which is less than the entire field of view in the images.

Autonomous vehicles, or those equipped with driving assistance could have on-board systems configured to recognize the surrounding area of a car. For instance, a car may have a system that includes sensors, such as vision sensors, range sensors and depth sensorsto detect objects within a specified distance or within the range of the vehicle. Based on the sensor data the vehicle is steered, automatically or manually in order to avoid collisions.

To ensure pedestrian and passenger safety, certain cars have an accident avoidance device. A collision avoidance system detects the vehicles around it and warns the driver when there is the possibility of colliding with another vehicle. As any error could pose a danger to human life the accuracy of these systems is vital. An error in detecting the pedestrian may result in an accident between the vehicle and the pedestrian. The result could be damage to the pedestrian, vehicle driver, as well as other property.

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