SDSU and Chula Vista team up to study technology that could predict car crashes


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Chula Vista wants to find out where car accidents happen before they actually happen.

The city is teaming up with the San Diego State University Research Foundation to conduct a study that would potentially identify intersections where car accidents are more likely to happen.

“In theory, this would allow traffic engineers to proactively investigate and consider implementing safety related improvements to further reduce or prevent future collisions from occurring,” according to a staff report on the agreement.

To conduct the study, researchers will install five cameras throughout the city. They will use the cameras to create “image analysis algorithms” to identify intersections with a higher risk of crashes.

The cameras should capture “close calls” or “near miss” incidents and help researchers spot patterns.

According to a memorandum of understanding between the city and research foundation, the foundation will be solely responsible for installing, maintaining, operating and removing the cameras.

All the cameras will be installed in western Chula Vista.

Three of them along Broadway at F, G and H streets and two of them along H Street at Fifth and Oaklawn avenues, according to the agreement.

The City Council formally approved the agreement with a unanimous vote during Tuesday’s City Council meeting.




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