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New Collision-Avoidance Technology Helps Save Humanitarian Workers

A lot of good can be done with humanitarian aid, but transporting people and supplies around the world has major logistics problems.

UNICEF pallets containing humanitarian aidUNICEF pallets containing humanitarian aid

Road accidents are a leading cause of death among humanitarian workers. Now, an innovative developer of collision-avoidance technology is teaming up with a group of safety-conscious businesses and charities to help preserve the lives of aid workers -- and expand the reach of humanitarian organizations worldwide.

According to the 65th Unitated Nations General Assembly's report on personnel safety, road accidents account for 93% of casualties and 80% of injuries among the UN's humanitarian workers. Aid workers for other organization face similar dangers. According to Rosevan Steijn, Program Manager of Fleet Forum, a group of organizations concerned with using transport in a way that protects people and the planet, "Driver safety is a mission-critical concern for humanitarian organizations."

As part of a pilot program now underway, Mobileye, the world leader in collision-avoidance systems, has installed its innovative camera-based vision technology in 20 vehicles used by Catholic Relief Services and Riders for Health, two organizations that are members of Fleet Forum.

Mobileye EyeQ Camera SystemMobileye EyeQ Camera System

The Mobileye system uses a processor called Mobileye EyeQ for pedestrian and vehicle detection to effectively warn drivers of potential collisions. The video below shows how the collision avoidance system works.

According to Iain Levy, Director of Regional Development for Mobileye, "Mobileye's aftermarket technology is the most advanced safety solution available to retrofit both personal and commercial vehicles. We are proud to take a central part in this project to protect the lives of humanitarian workers and enable them to complete their humanitarian work safely. " With better collision avoidance and fewer worker casualties, humanitarian organizations can do even more good worldwide.

 

Sources: fleetforum.org, mobileye.com

Cindi Brown
Technology For A Better World
InventorSpot.com