Driving instructors

Microsoft AI Project will replace driving instructors

A new artificial intelligence project from Microsoft aims to replace driving instructors in driving tests to soothe drivers’ nerves.

Known as the HAMS (Harnessing AutoMobiles for Safety) project, it’s basically a windshield-mounted smartphone with the front camera focused on the driver and the rear camera focused on the road ahead and any obstacles. driving to keep track of how the driving is doing.

“The goal is to monitor driver status and how the vehicle is being driven within the context of a road environment the vehicle is in. We believe that effective monitoring leading to actionable feedback is essential to promote road safety,” Microsoft said. in his announcement of the project.

Instead of having a driving instructor’s seat in the passenger seat critiquing your every move, HAMS uses multiple sensors using features the smartphone already has like a camera and accelerometer at the same time. This way, the phone can detect things like hard braking, distance between vehicles, and driver distraction.

Microsoft said that the technology could benefit both driving instructors and drivers. HAMS would ease the burden on driving instructors of having to sit down and assess a new driver learning the ropes, and it would ease the nerves of a new driver having an instructor watching their every move.

So far, HAMS has only been tested for driver training purposes in India. It was also explored as a type of fleet management dashboard, where a supervisor could track the cause of safety incidents and manage their drivers.

Digital Trends has reached out to Microsoft to find out if/when the project plans to test in the US and what Microsoft hopes to accomplish with the project in the US going forward, and we’ll update this story once we hear. .

Car camera technology like that found in HAMS is becoming more and more advanced. There are cameras that eliminate blind spots, cameras that start recording as soon as an impact is detected, cameras that offer voice activation features, and even cameras that double as lane departure warning systems. .

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