An Israeli developer of automotive vision systems and cellular-based V2X (Vehicle-to-Everything) communications solutions, Foresight Autonomous Holdings, has successfully completed a controlled trial of its Eye-Net accident prevention system in the city of Ashdod.
Foresight’s Eye-Net is a cellular-based V2X accident prevention system, designed to provide pre-collision alerts in real time to pedestrians and vehicles by using smartphones and relying on existing cellular networks. The trial was conducted at a central intersection in Ashdod, Israel’s largest port, and was carried out in collaboration with NoTraffic, which develops adaptive traffic management systems for cities, based on a network of sensors deployed at intersections with traffic lights.
Supervision was provided by BWR (Blue and White Robotics) as part of the Ashdod Smart Mobility Living Lab project, and the trial was carried out with the support of Israel’s Ministry of Transport and the Ayalon Highway company, as part of the national plan to promote smart transportation.
The purpose of the trial was to integrate innovative technologies designed for smart cities, while creating a reliable communication channel between road users and smart infrastructure. During the trial, Foresight tested its Eye-Net system in various scenarios and integrated it with the NoTraffic smart system installed at the intersection.
In the first part of the trial, several accident-simulated scenarios including vehicles and/or a pedestrian were performed. In all cases, the parties were using the Eye-Net application installed on their cellular phones and received real-time alerts, to prevent collisions. The second part of the trial tested the integration of the Eye-Net system with NoTraffic’s smart infrastructure system in accident-simulated scenarios where only one of the vehicles involved was connected to the Eye-Net system. NoTraffic’s system, which was installed at the intersection, identified the non-connected driver or pedestrian using a smart sensor, and transmitted the information to the driver using the Eye-Net system.
In each of the scenarios, Foresight met all pre-defined objectives and indicators for the real-time use of the Eye-Net system in a manner that enabled all road users to brake safely and on time. During the trial, the information was streamed in real time to the control center onsite, displaying on a map the location and time of occurrence of the simulated collisions, as well as the classification of the road users involved.
“We were pleased to have the opportunity to introduce our company’s innovative system and to collaborate with NoTraffic and the Ashdod Municipality, which, like us, are entities that promote innovation and the use of advanced technologies in the field of accident prevention,” said Haim Siboni, CEO of Foresight. “This collaboration enabled us to test our ability to integrate with smart infrastructure in order to reduce the number of accidents in an urban environment. Integration with the NoTraffic system helped us examine a variety of realistic scenarios, all of which presented impressive results. We intend to continue the development process.”