In the past decade, the number of pedestrian fatalities has increased 77% – nearly all of these at night.
This staggering statistic about pedestrian safety is not going unnoticed by the likes of New York Times as covered in their recent podcast episode.
Owl AI is working to improve safety of pedestrians through increased night vision and an ability to spot pedestrians in degraded visual environments.
Of particular interest was the revelation that the increase in pedestrian deaths isn’t happening in congested urban environments. The vast majority of these nighttime fatalities occur in suburban environments with what are called arterial roads.
Arterial roads are the non-highway roads with a few stop lights far apart, with or without sidewalks. These roads may be relatively high speed and multi-lane (perhaps even poorly lit). Arterial roads explained