Google is rolling out a new feature in its Google Maps app that won’t just be focused mainly on giving drivers fastest routes but also safer routes. With this new feature coming to the Google Maps, the company is looking to prevent accidents.
The new feature will route users away from roads where drivers are known to unexpectedly or suddenly hit brake which can lead to accidents. Google will then give other drivers an alternative route to prevent accidents from happening.
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When driving and a driver on the road suddenly slams on his brakes, a car behind him might not be able to stop suddenly. This will cause a chain reaction of crashes. So, by keeping users away from those roads where sudden brake slamming is typical, Google is hoping to reduce accident rate, record fewer injuries, and help provide safer driving.
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A report from Auto-Evolution shows that over 100 million sudden braking events can be averted a year if Google Maps can direct drivers to take safer routes. About how will Google achieve this?
Google says, “For example, if there’s a sudden increase in hard-braking events along a route during a certain time of day when people are likely to be driving toward the glare of the sun, our system could detect those events and offer alternate routes.” The new feature will be available on both the Android and iOS version of Google Maps.
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To understand which roads are print to accident due to drivers sudden hitting brakes, Google will be using sensors that are inside a driver’s mobile devices. Accelerometers and gyroscopes can spot areas of the road where there is sudden deceleration pointing to sudden braking.
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But even Google knows that using sensors for such detection can lead to false alarm. For example, suddenly slamming a phone into a cup holder is enough to create a false alarm and Google Maps might read that slamming as a car whose driver suddenly hits on the brakes.
That is why to improve the accuracy of this new feature coming to Google Maps, Google will be using AI. And Google won’t just be providing the update via one car incidence but will also study if other vehicles taking same route at the same time behaved like that. This way, Google will be able to determine the reason why a driver suddenly hits on the brakes.