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Notes from the field: VIA Mobile360 D700 tested for mini challenge racing

mini challenge racing

When bringing a new device to market it’s crucial to conduct a series of validation tests to ensure the product meets all design expectations. With the VIA Mobile360 D700 Drive Recorder, however, we were given the chance to take product testing to another level entirely – installing the device inside a competitive race car!

The story begins at the ACI Vallelunga racing circuit just twenty miles North of Rome, Italy where VIA is sponsoring a Mini Challenge racing team. The Progetto E20 team were competing in the MINI Challenge Italy Championship, a racing format where drivers compete in super-charged, modified Austin Mini racing cars. Continue reading Notes from the field: VIA Mobile360 D700 tested for mini challenge racing

Notes from the field: AI-IoT at VIA Focus Day in Tokyo

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It’s great to be back in Kyoto for my third visit to the STS Forum! I came down from Tokyo on the Bullet Train this morning after attending our VIA Focus Day for our Japan channel partners yesterday.

One of the key messages delivered by our GM, Epan Wu, at the event was the focus we are placing on delivering solutions that use AI-IoT, computer vision, and edge-to cloud technologies to boost vehicle and operational safety. Two of the most recent platforms we have created this year are the VIA Mobile360 Forklift Safety Kit for logistics and warehouse deployments and the VIA Mobile360 Mining Kit for harsh environments. Continue reading Notes from the field: AI-IoT at VIA Focus Day in Tokyo

Notes from the field: VIA showcases safety solutions at CIIF 2019

CIIF 2019

VIA recently returned to Shanghai for the China International Industry Fair 2019 (CIIF 2019), where we showcased our latest transportation, industrial, and smart city solutions. The headline act was the VIA Mobile360 Forklift Safety Kit – a highly-customizable computer vision system designed to reduce accidents and fatalities in warehouses and shop floors. Other highlights included the VIA Mobile360 D700 Drive Recorder and the latest VIA Smart Facial Recognition system. Continue reading Notes from the field: VIA showcases safety solutions at CIIF 2019

Notes from the field: promoting AI learning in Taiwan

AI learning

It’s great to see the government in Taiwan step up its efforts to promote the teaching of AI in its elementary and high schools through its latest educational policy initiatives. At the 2019 Start! event held last Saturday at the Jiangcui Junior High School in New Taipei City, I had the privilege of witnessing some of the early results of these efforts when sixty-seven teams from schools throughout the island came together to put their driverless vehicles through their paces and compete with each other in various autonomous driving tasks.

Talking with the Commissioner of the Education Department of New Taipei City and the school principal, I was deeply impressed by their enthusiasm for giving students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in AI development from an early age. The sooner students become familiar with technologies like computer vision and deep learning, the more comfortable they will be in using them in the years ahead and the more likely they will be to come up with new AI applications of their own. Continue reading Notes from the field: promoting AI learning in Taiwan

Preventing workplace accidents with the VIA Mobile360 Forklift Safety Kit

preventing workplace accidents

We recently had the opportunity to work with the Xingchen Hongye Technology Development Company in China, who enlisted our help to upgrade the safety of their existing forklift fleet using our VIA Mobile360 solutions.

Forklifts in industrial warehouse environments can be a safety hazard not only for the drivers, but also to other members of staff working on the same shop floor. In the US, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that as many as 20,000 workers are injured in forklift accidents each year. Of that number, approximately 100 are fatalities. These shocking figures are indicative of the situation globally, which is why companies like Xingchen Hongye are willing to invest in advanced in-vehicle safety technologies that can help drastically reduce the number of potential forklift-related accidents. Continue reading Preventing workplace accidents with the VIA Mobile360 Forklift Safety Kit

Eliminating Blind Spots on Buses & Coaches with ADAS and SVS

eliminating blind spots

It’s tough for drivers of the largest vehicles to see everything around them, but the consequences of missing something could be unthinkable. As bus, coach and truck fleets operate on increasingly crowded roads, drivers need help eliminating blind spots and highlighting potential collisions before they happen.

Happily, vehicles now have access to practical technologies designed to do just that. Let’s take a look at how advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) can save costs for fleet operators and reduce accidents on the roads. Continue reading Eliminating Blind Spots on Buses & Coaches with ADAS and SVS

Boosting taxi fleet safety and efficiency with dual-camera drive recorders

dual-camera driver recorders

The taxi industry is changing rapidly. Disrupted by technology, challenged by new ridesharing businesses, and threatened by the approach of self-driving cars, taxis and private hire firms must find new ways to compete. At the same time, their drivers have deal with busier roads, passenger disputes, and even verbal and physical assaults.

To meet these new challenges, taxi operators and private hire fleets need to increase both the efficiency and reputation of their fleets. That requires maximizing vehicle utilization, optimizing route planning, and enhancing the professionalism of their drivers. This is a tall order, but just as technology is creating challenges it is also providing solutions: one of which is smarter, cloud-connected dual -camera drive recorders. Continue reading Boosting taxi fleet safety and efficiency with dual-camera drive recorders

Boosting road safety by submitting dashcam footage

dashcam footage

Dash cam and drive recording technology enables fleets and regular motorists to prove liability in the event of an accident, helping to protect innocent drivers. But law enforcement departments are also increasingly keen to use footage to help prosecute law-breakers. For resource-strapped law enforcement agencies, the footage recorded by the increasing number of dash cams in operation provides an invaluable source of high-quality evidence. However, by submitting dash cam footage to the police, are we driving ourselves further towards a surveillance society? Or do the potential benefits in road safety outweigh such concerns?

It’s hard to argue against the benefits of a dash cam or drive recorder. Vehicles are expensive, roads continue to get busier and accidents do inevitably happen. When they do, it’s great to be able to prove how events unfolded, and resolve issues as smoothly as possible. But drive around for long enough and your drive recorder is also likely to capture plenty of bad, or even illegal driving from other motorists. Even if it didn’t lead to an accident, and whether or not you were directly involved, you might still want to do something with the footage. Continue reading Boosting road safety by submitting dashcam footage

Why drive recorders can help improve ridesharing services

drive recorders ridesharing

Ridesharing companies and their drivers provide a convenient answer to some of the 21st century’s most pressing transport problems. With millions of worldwide users, Uber, Lyft, DiDi and their rivals provide a valuable service, but the disruptive nature of this service can present additional challenges relating to unprofessional, and even criminal behavior from a small minority of drivers. By investing in drive recording technology, ridesharing operators are far better equipped to protect passengers, drivers, and their reputation.

Like so many other disruptive technologies, it’s hard to imagine a world without ridesharing and ride-hailing companies like Uber. Founded in 2009, Uber has grown to account for a staggering 5.23 billion rides globally in 2018, with the company now operating in nearly 800 towns and cities worldwide. For millions of city-dwellers, Uber and its competitors have become a popular choice for commuters, beating more traditional transportation options in terms of convenience, value and integration with our increasingly digitized lives. Continue reading Why drive recorders can help improve ridesharing services

VIA Mobile360 Mining Kit: surround view monitoring in harsh environments

surround view monitoring in harsh environments

The mining and excavation industry operates some of the largest vehicles on earth, moving tons of material every day by using super-sized vehicles like trucks, diggers and excavators. One of the biggest challenges from a safety perspective is that these massive vehicles can pose quite a danger to other on-site workers, largely due to blind spots in the vehicle operator’s field of view. To reduce the risk of injuries and fatalities, many mining and quarry operators are turning to advanced surround view monitoring technologies to improve safety. Continue reading VIA Mobile360 Mining Kit: surround view monitoring in harsh environments