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Google Street Powers Artificial Intelligence Tool to Supervise Road Infrastructure

The fully-automated system is based on AI-powered object detection to identify street signs in the freely available images

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In this method, instructions are given to the companies staff members to perform transactions such as money transfers, as well as malicious activity on the company's network. Pixabay

By tapping into Google Street View images, researchers have developed a new programme using artificial intelligence (AI) to monitor the stop and give way (yield) signs needing replacement or repair. The fully-automated system is based on AI-powered object detection to identify street signs in the freely available images.

Published in the journal of Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, the study shows the system detects signs with near 96 per cent accuracy, identifies their type with near 98 per cent accuracy and can record their precise geo-location from the 2D images.

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File:Opel Astra Google Street View. Wikimedia Commons

“The proof-of-concept model was trained to see ‘stop’ and ‘give way’ (yield) signs, but could be trained to identify many other inputs and was easily scalable for use by local governments and traffic authorities,” said the study lead author Andrew Campbell from RMIT University in Australia.

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Municipal authorities spend a large amount of time and money monitoring and recording the geo-location of traffic infrastructure manually, a task which also exposes workers to unnecessary traffic risks. “By using free and open source tools, we’ve developed a fully automated system for doing that job, and doing it more accurately,” Campbell said. (IANS)

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New Apple Maps Feature Now Available in 3 More US Cities

Apple Maps 'Look Around' feature expands to 3 more US cities

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Apple Maps' 'Look Around' feature is now live in three more cities in the US. Pixabay

Apple Maps’ ‘Look Around’ feature is now live in three more cities in the US, including Boston, Philadelphia and the Washington, DC area. This is the latest news.

The feature is also available in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, New York City, Las Vegas, Houston, and the Hawaiian island of Oahu.

The feature, Apple Maps’ answer to Google Maps’ Street View, can be accessed by going to one of the locations where Look Around is available, Apple Insider reported recently.

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The Apple Maps feature is also available in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, New York City, Las Vegas, Houston, and the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Pixabay

After tapping the binoculars icon, a specific street can be selected and previewed in a small window, which can be expanded to a full-screen view by tapping the preview.

The feature works relatively similar to Street View, wherein the view can be changed by swiping the display, while tapping part of the road in the distance will move the camera to that point.

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As per report, the whole effect is smoother than the experience found on Google Street View.

Instead of relying on third-party mapping services for its information, Apple has had its fleet of vans hit the road sporting cameras and sensors to develop its own in-house maps. (IANS)