Dartmouth University researchers have developed an Android smartphone app designed to give us drivers of even modest-to-jalopy cars the kind of driving safety support typically found only in high-end vehicles.
CarSafe involves mounting your smartphone on the windshield in such a way to take advantage of its dual-cameras, one facing the driver and the other with its lens on the road. It exploits navigation apps to monitor the driver and road conditions, calling attention to potential problems. (Here's a link to a paper on the app that goes into more tech details.)
The app was created by Andrew Campbell and Lorenzo Torresani in Dartmouth's Department of Computer Science and Smartphone Sensing Group. The video below comes from Giuseppe Cardone of the University Bologna, who worked on the app as a visiting PhD student at Dartmouth
The app nicely complements WalkSafe, another app out of Dartmouth's Smartphone Sensing Group. The app exploits a mobile phone's back camera to detect approaching vehicles and alert the user, via vibration or sound, of the impending danger. It also uses the phone's accelerometer sensors. The researchers used machine learning algorithms to allow the phone to detect vehicles during active calls.
CarSare is being evaluated further by the researchers, with hopes of releasing it publicly early next year.Bob Brown tracks network research in his Alpha Doggs blog and Facebook page, as well on Twitter and Google +.