Ola, India’s homegrown cab aggregator is working to develop safety systems capable of preventing accidents according to a report by The Hindu BusinessLine.
The system being developed by the company would be able to prevent accidents by alerting the driver to take the corrective action in case it detects any possibility of an accident, like if the driver is drowsy or the car is likely to hit a pedestrian. The system being developed by the car would also be able to alert a central command, passenger’s family in case of an accident.
The company plans employ advanced technologies like telematics and use sensors like camera and radar to collect data. These devices would collect data that would be sent to a central command where it would be combined with other data like passenger’s booking history, time, location etc to be able to predict and prevent accidents. Earlier this month there were reports that the company is hiring technology professionals with autonomous or self-driving car coding skills.
As of now the company is testing these systems on a fleet of Ola cabs, however, the business model and how the expenses of employing these services will be met has not been made clear till now. The report says the company aims to keep the expenses to the minimum and is in talks with some automakers on how these data can be collected and utilized. It needs to be seen when and how these features are added in Ola Cabs.