Hayden AI has introduced automated bike lane enforcement into its vision AI platform.
In 2021, 961 cyclists were killed by vehicles in the US. The new solution aims to reduce illegal parking in bike lanes, which endangers cyclists who have to enter general traffic lanes in order to get round a parked vehicle.
It uses the same hardware and technology as Hayden AI's existing automated bus lane and bus stop enforcement platforms.
“Cities and bike advocates across the country have asked us for a solution to stop dangerous illegal parking in bike lanes," says Chris Carson, founder and CEO of Hayden AI.
The mobile perception tech's "high accuracy rate" will "enable cities and towns to deliver the same positive driver behaviour change to bike lanes as we’ve seen in bus lanes", he adds.
The platform equips parking enforcement vehicles with forward-facing, AI-powered cameras to detect and enforce bike lane parking violations "at scale".
California recently passed legislation allowing authorities to install cameras on parking enforcement vehicles to enforce bike lane violations.
"Every year, more and more people are killed riding their bikes on US roadways," says Nicole Brunet, policy director of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia.
"This alarming crisis requires immediate action – the status quo is not cutting it. Keeping bike lanes clear of illegally parked vehicles is essential to improving safety for cyclists and will empower more people to choose this sustainable, accessible and affordable mode of transportation. We encourage cities and towns to consider camera technologies to enforce illegal parking in bike lanes."