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Project looks into use of tech in averting road accidents

A three-year research project title ‘Road Safety in real time’ that aims to investigate technologies, systems and practices designed to prevent and reduce road accidents as launched by non-governmental organisation REACTION on Friday.

“It is clear that 90 per cent of road accidents are caused by the human factor and can be prevented or corrected,” the head of RECATION Marios Stavrou said.

The technology, he added, is used to correct the mistakes and omissions of drivers.

“With the specific research project we aim to improve road safety in our country by investigating existing and introducing new practices, application and accident prevention systems in real time,” Stavrou said.

As a first step, the group will look into how accident prevention systems can help reduce collisions.

“In cooperation with CE4 CARS LTD we installed in a car driven by members of REACTION, the MOBILEYE system, which analyses information in real time, and warns drivers of a possible collision with a car, motorcycle, bicycle or pedestrians,” Stavrou said.

He added that the system also informs drivers in the case the car deviates from its course and alerts the driver if speed limit is exceeded.

The head of CE4 CARS Xenis Demosthenous said the use of new technology is a major prevention factor of road accidents.

“MOBILEYE is a tireless co-driver in charge of correcting the driver’s road behaviour and safety,” Demosthenous said.

Drink driving is the biggest cause of death on Cypriot roads, and the vast majority of deaths occur in the under 25 age group.

Cyprus has adopted the European target of 50 per cent fewer victims by 2020.



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