Bengaluru which is already the hub of technology proves it again by getting its first AI(Artificial Intelligence) Sensor-based Bicycle Counter installed at Outer Ring Road Cycle Lane at Doddanekundi in Karnataka Capital in collaboration with the Directorate of Urban Land Transport(DULT).
The Bicycle counter which is based on AI- sensor, is actually an electronic device that counts cycles at a location for a certain period of time and has been installed to encourage cycling.
This entire system has been developed by an 18-year student; Nihar Thakkar is also an avid cyclist. According to the inventor ” This is the first live bicycle counter in the country and will help collect usage data of bicycles using the dedicated lane, which will make the impact of the cycle lane more visible and encourage cycling. The live bicycle counter is installed under the SuMA (Sustainable Mobility Accord) project being funded by DULT as a pilot project.” The counter is able to distinguish between bicycles and all other types of vehicles and will count only cyclists in the cycle lane and the service road in both directions. The bicycle counter is powered by an AI-sensor camera and a machine learning-based algorithm where the data provided can be used to encourage cycling and to build more dedicated cycle lanes,” he added.
Thakkar is actually the person behind the company Urban Flow which is developing an AI-based tool for cycle lane enforcement, traffic analysis, and live bicycle counters. It has been stated by Thakkar that “ Most of the dedicated cycle lanes are being misused by two-wheelers. In this technology, a camera uses AI to process video footage in real-time to capture and report evidence of violations to traffic police.”