RTA introduces face recognition AI to prevent spread of Covid-19

Covering social distancing and wearing of face masks onboard taxis

RTA introduces face recognition AI to prevent spread of Covid-19

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has introduced a new method in helping to prevent the spread of Covid-19, utilising artificial intelligence (AI) in taxis.

The face recognition technology has been employed to monitor and verify both passenger and driver are observing social distancing guidelines, including physical distancing and wearing face masks correctly.

The AI tech will be used to scan human faces and verify if masks are worn correctly, and has a mathematical feature that calculates the distance between passengers and the driver, too.

"The use of AI technologies achieved a success rate of 100 percent. The introduction of this technology was on a trial base, and according to the deliverables, the technology will be generalised to all fleet vehicles," said executive director of smart services at RTA Ahmed Mahboub.

"The experiment highlighted the capability of AI technology in processing video files spanning 200,000 hours a day. Thus, it reduces the need for human intervention and saves much time and effort that would have otherwise been necessary to analyse these videos."

RTA Dubai has also introduced a coronavirus-detecting smart helmet to the UAE to detect those who potentially are infected with COVID-19. Check it out here.

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