San Jose officials’ latest push to stop pedestrian deaths

As part of the City of San Jose, CA’s Vision Zero intiative, Mayor Matt Mahan has called on tinyML Foundation, Sony, and San Jose’s Department of Transportation to study pedestrian presence through AI software.

Streetlights at a local intersection in San Jose, CA.

The city is calling on the public to submit their ideas for a pedestrian detection system.

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Calling all techies — the city needs your help.

As pedestrian safety continues to be top of mind for San Jose officials, Mayor Matt Mahan has teamed up with the Department of Transportation, Sony, and tinyML Foundation to introduce a new tactic that could help with the city’s Vision Zero initiative.

Introducing: The tinyML Hackathon.

Tiny ML is a technology from the tinyML non-profit organization that utilizes Machine Learning (ML) models to run off network and with little power.

The challenge is to create a method for using Tiny ML to identify + detect the ways pedestrians move through San Jose, in order to predict incidents before they happen.

See the details on project requirements, timeline, and submission.

Oh, and one last thing — the winner can receive up to $3,000 for submitting the best idea. So, what do you say? It’s a great day to save lives.