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07 June 2018

Derq launches V2X safety project in Detroit

First publishedon www.ITSInternational.com
Derq has launched two vehicle to everything (V2X) applications in downtown Detroit to predict and prevent traffic crashes. The technology company collaborated with Flir Systems to communicate threats in real-time to drivers at the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and Randolph Street intersection.

Derq's software monitored vehicle-to-infrastructure and vehicle-to-pedestrian interactions. The firm uses patented artificial intelligence algorithms to create a two-second warning for drivers.

Flir Systems' thermal imaging and combined visible/radar sensors were installed on the intersection to allow Derq to run its software applications and generate predictions.

The project is part of the Michigan Department of Transportation and PlanetM's Startup Grant pilot. The state's business development division for mobility is offering up to $1m in grants to startups looking to test transportation ideas in Michigan.

Dr. Georges Aoude, Derq’s CEO and co-founder, says the intersection is one of the most challenging areas for pedestrians and cars in the city.

“It’s a complex intersection connecting major roads and highways, as well as the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel,” Aoude adds.

Derq is exhibiting the technology at the ITS America Conference in Detroit.

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