NTT Data to develop AI that can detect driver's cognitive decline – report

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The AI system will analyze driving speed, acceleration-deceleration and other driving data to inform drivers of a decline in cognitive functions

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Japanese information technology company NTT Data will develop a system that uses AI to detect the cognitive ability of elderly drivers in an attempt to reduce the risk of accidents involving them in the rapidly aging country, according to a report by Nikkei Asia dated Jan. 23.

The AI system will analyze driving speed, acceleration-deceleration and other driving data to inform drivers of a decline in cognitive functions of the brain, such as the ability to make snap judgments and pay attention.

In January 2024, NTT Data will begin an experiment with Tokyo-based cab company Kokusai Motorcars to develop AI. It will collect a large amount of driving data from dozens of cabs whose drivers are 65 years old or older, develop AI algorithms and verify the accuracy of driver judgments. The experiment is scheduled to run until the end of June 2024.

The company said the data will be collected by attaching measurement devices equipped with global positioning systems, sensors and communication functions to the vehicles. It will then be sent to AI in the cloud to measure driving behaviors such as sudden braking and acceleration. The data will be analyzed in conjunction with the driver's original cognitive function status and age to determine whether the driver's cognitive abilities are normal or declining.

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