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AI-enabled drones being developed for monitoring Ontario's HOV lanes
Posted by: ITS Canada
November 24th, 2017

Canada’s leader in drone technology and unmanned aerial systems (UAS), The Sky Guys, has teamed up with Nvidia, IBM and the University of Toronto (UT) to work on a government-funded project that will trial the use of drones to monitor Ontario’s carpool lanes.

The partnership has been awarded C$750,000 (US£587,400) by the Ontario Centers of Excellence (OCE), as part of its Small Business Innovation Challenge (SBIC), and the group will work closely with the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) to develop an artificial intelligence-enabled drone system to monitor Ontario’s 400-series highways. The initiative is in response to the government’s Vehicle Occupancy Detection Problem Statement, which outlines the challenges associated with monitoring abuse of the province’s carpool lanes.