The Indian Army has secured a patent for an AI-powered accident prevention system. Developed within the Army’s research and development (R&D) division, this system is poised to enhance road safety and mitigate accidents.
This achievement was announced through a tweet, highlighting the system’s capacity to mitigate accidents caused by drowsiness-induced lapses in driver attentiveness.
Colonel Kuldeep Yadav has been credited as the inventor of this AI-driven accident prevention system. The patent application was officially filed on February 2, 2021. As per the patent certificate shared by the Indian Army, it will remain valid for 20 years. The patent was officially granted on July 11.
The system’s central function is to proactively prevent accidents by employing AI. It primarily targets instances where drivers may be at risk of falling asleep while operating a vehicle. According to an Outlook report, by promptly alerting drowsy drivers and addressing the hazard of accidents triggered by fatigue, the Accident Prevention System holds the potential to save lives and significantly enhance road safety,
Before securing the patent, the AI-based accident prevention device was subjected to rigorous testing in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana state transport corporation’s buses. The tests proved the device suitable for use in trucks, signifying its potential to contribute significantly to road safety beyond military applications.
Colonel Kuldeep Yadav’s inspiration for creating this device gave birth to his leadership of a military unit in Manipur. Recognizing the heightened risks of driver fatigue and accidents, especially in mountainous terrains, he ideated and developed this innovative solution. In 2021, over 1.54 lakh lives were lost in road accidents nationwide. Over half of truck-related accidents were attributed to drivers falling asleep at the wheel.