Ealing Council has launched an innovative new project to improve road safety using the latest advances in imagery technology and artificial intelligence (AI).
The council has teamed up with AI technology provider XAIS to implement MAVIS, which stands for Mapping and Visual Imaging Scooter. MAVIS is a mobility scooter with all the technology to provide precise and invaluable data on the state of footpaths and cycleways in the borough.
The mobility scooter will tour the streets collecting data on the condition of all paved footways and cycleways. This data will then be used to analyse and understand conditions and accessibility issues across the borough.
When the scooter reaches places it cannot access, this is automatically flagged as an area with accessibility issues. That could include overgrown hedges, steps or other issues and blockages which the council can then address.
The programme could revolutionise highway maintenance and transportation and supports the council’s ambition to create greater eco-friendly mobility options for residents and visitors. Footway and cycleway quality and width, trees and other street furniture can all then be assessed to deliver safe, healthy, pleasant and accessible environments for our residents.
Councillor Deirdre Costigan, cabinet member for climate action, said: “We are committed to becoming a beacon of sustainability in London. By harnessing the power of AI, we want to create a transportation system that not only reduces our environmental impact but helps residents to get around safely and more effectively.
“Using AI technology allows us to analyse vast amounts of data and make the most out of transportation networks in ways that were previously unimaginable. This will result in more sustainable travel, cleaner air, and a brighter future for Ealing.”
The council is committed to reducing its carbon footprint, alleviating traffic congestion, and improving the overall quality of life for its residents.