Pioneering study uses traffic cameras and AI to predict future, promising to save lives and money

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Bellevue?s traffic cameras captured near miss events, tracking the speed and direction of vehicles, and by how many seconds they missed colliding. (City of Bellevue and Transoft Photos)

In an effort to prevent deaths and injuries caused by crashes between vehicles, bikes and pedestrians, the city of Bellevue, Wash., set out more than five years ago to foresee the future. The idea was to use machine learning to analyze thousands of hours of video collected by 360-degree traffic cameras already installed citywide to identify potential crash hot spots and tease out dangerous traffic patterns.

The city this week shared its first batch of reports