Microsoft automates driver's license tests

Bangalore: Microsoft is working with the Regional Transportation Office (RTO) of Dehradun to automate driver's license tests through its system named HAMS (Harnessing AutoMobiles for Safety). HAMS was originally conceived as a system to monitor drivers and their driving, with the aim of improving road safety. Driver training and testing are the foundations to this goal. Driver license testing is a pressing problem; for instance, a survey by SaveLIFE Foundation in India reports that a whopping 59% of the respondents did not give a test to obtain a driver's license .

Para las pruebas de manejo, HAMS se ha personalizado para incluir capacidades tales como el seguimiento preciso de la trayectoria del vehículo durante las maniobras de prueba designadas, por ejemplo, estacionamiento paralelo o negociación de una rotonda. Este seguimiento permite a HAMS determinar con precisión, por ejemplo, si el conductor se detuvo en medio de una maniobra durante más tiempo del permitido o si intentó corregir el rumbo avanzando y retrocediendo alternativamente más veces de lo permitido. Un desafío en la prueba de driver's license tradicional es la carga que recae sobre los evaluadores humanos y la subjetividad resultante que enfrenta un candidato.

Automation that uses HAMS technology can not only help relieve load assessors, but also makes the process objective and transparent for candidates, says Venkat Padmanabhan, Deputy Director General, Microsoft Research India.

HAMS uses the front and rear cameras of the smartphone, and other sensors, to monitor the driver (for example, his gaze) and the road scene in front (for example, the distance to the vehicle in front), simultaneously. Employs advanced Artificial intelligence (AI), which the team has developed for efficient and robust operation.

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