Three UN Special Envoys, who are leading a new AI for Road Safety initiative, said on Thursday that countries and investors need to accelerate the development and deployment of artificial intelligence (AI) to maintain roads safe for everyone.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) feature a call to action to reduce annual road deaths by half and guarantee that everyone has access to safe, affordable, and sustainable transportation by 2030.
Faster progress on AI is critical, according to the newly formed project, especially in low and middle-income nations, where the majority of lives are lost on the roads each year.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 1.3 million people die each year as a result of traffic accidents. Non-fatal injuries affect an additional 20 to 50 million people, with many of them resulting in disability.
AI can aid in a variety of ways, including improving crash data collection and analysis, improving road infrastructure, increasing the efficiency of post-crash response, and stimulating regulatory framework innovation.
This strategy necessitates equal data access and the ethical application of algorithms, both of which many countries now lack, making them unable to identify road safety improvements.
The Special Envoys for Road Safety, Technology, and the International Telecommunication Union have come together to form AI for Road Safety (ITU).
The unequal incidence of road deaths in developing nations, according to ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao, is yet another indication of why the benefits of new technology must reach everyone, everywhere.
The future of autonomous driving is once again in the spotlight as the first partially self-driving automobiles hit the market. At the same time, the COVID-19 pandemic is changing mobility habits and favoring privately owned vehicles.
Mr. Todt, however, stated in March that there is still much work to be done in order to accomplish the 2030 goal of halving the number of road deaths and injuries.
The new programme intends to expand worldwide AI initiatives in the public and private sectors to improve road safety for all road users, whether they are going by car, motorcycle, bicycle, foot, or other means of transportation.