UCLA deploys AI-driven multimodal transportation management system


Vimoc OC Technologies, a leader in delivering artificial intelligence (AI) solutions at the edge of the network, has deployed its Smart Multimodal transportation system at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) to provide an effortless fusion of public, private and ride-sharing transportation.

With its flexible embedded applications, Vimoc’s deep-learning Rosella platform has helped multimodal transportation at UCLA’s Gateway Plaza loop to coexist safely and efficiently. The advent of ride-sharing companies has changed the clear divide between public and private transportation; while ride-hailing vehicles are owned by private individuals, they offer a public service. People often use ride-sharing services where public transportation and public parking spaces are scarce or inconvenient. This changes how traffic environments must be constructed and monitored, since ride-sharing vehicles need curb space for the safe embarking and disembarking of passengers.

UCLA has been at the forefront of this transition for addressing ride-hailing transportation needs. As a metropolitan campus with a daily population of 76,000 people, UCLA prioritizes transportation safety and efficiency, and has embraced the reality of 68,000 ride-hailing stops per week. The university has opted for a coexistence approach in dealing with the usage of its limited curb spaces, which accommodates all forms of transportation while maintaining an orderly traffic flow. Vimoc’s AI-enabled multimodal system has ensured UCLA’s scarce curb space is managed and enforced more effectively.

In partnership with Vimoc, UCLA has implemented a real-time and highly accurate AI-enabled system that visually detects and classifies various forms of transportation, such as buses, cars, bicycles and pedestrians, with a view for soft enforcement.

Soft enforcement is UCLA’s innovative approach to ensuring that ride-hailing vehicles understand and respect the curb space being made available for their safe operation. CCTV cameras send data to Vimoc’s neuBox edge computing nodes, which are capable of running Rosella and strengthen IoT infrastructure by absorbing the load of sensor data processing, before passing it to the cloud for visualization and further analytic applications.

“Gateway Plaza is a vital hub for the university’s functional transfer of our students, employees and visitors,” said David Karwaski, senior associate director of transportation at UCLA.

“With the addition of over 60,000 weekly ride-hailing drop-offs and pick-ups, ensuring safe and efficient traffic flow has given us the opportunity to pursue traffic and curb space management with an entirely new perspective. Vimoc’s AI-enabled multimodal solution has ensured our scarce curb space is managed and enforced most effectively.”

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Tom has edited Traffic Technology International (TTi) magazine and its Traffic Technology Today website since May 2014. During his time at the title, he has interviewed some of the top transportation chiefs at public agencies around the world as well as CEOs of leading multinationals and ground-breaking start-ups. Tom's earlier career saw him working on some the UK's leading consumer magazine titles. He has a law degree from the London School of Economics (LSE).