The number of pedestrian accidents related to smartphone use has steadily increased over the past few years. At this extend, RATP Group and the French Startup Copsonic jointly worked on a solution that would help alert pedestrian in danger. This partnership led to develop AMY in 2018.
After several tests conducted on different types of rolling stocks (T8 tramway and Trans-Val de Marne bus line), it will now be tested on a pedestrian crossing. The pedestrian crossing chosen by RATP Group for this experimentation is located at Velizy, and will start in March 2020. The device will be implemented on a double pedestrian crossing on Europe Avenue, which crosses a road section and a tramway platform (Line 6), at “Mairie de Vélizy” stop, located near a secondary school. The boxes installed will be linked to speakerphones that will emit specific ultrasounds when the pedestrian crossing lights will turn red. These ultrasounds will be instantly recognized by the AMY device, and will send warning signals to the smartphones of people standing too close to the pedestrian crossing. If they are willing to cross the road when the traffic light is red, they will receive an alert on their smartphone. Warning signals are multiple and adapted to pedestrians using headphones: reduce the sound volume, amplify the alert sound of a bus or tramway, pop-up alerts on the smartphone, and vibrations.
RATP Group will also be testing AMY on autonomous vehicles and also on bus line 39 that is already equipped with the Shield device, developed by Mobileye, which helps bus drivers detect danger areas.