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Dubai Community Launches AI-Powered Pedestrian Crossings

The new safety system can activate flashing signs, lights built into the road surface, and traffic signal controllers.



dubai community launches ai-powered pedestrian crossings

A new AI-powered pedestrian crossing has been developed by Dubai-based specialists Derq. The new system will be installed in a local neighborhood as a smarter method to warn pedestrians and vehicles of potential conflicts.

The AI-based crossing will use behavior prediction models to anticipate potentially harmful scenarios and then deploy flashing signs, in-road warning lights, and traffic signal controllers to alert anyone in the vicinity of danger.

The system will also collect data to enhance road user awareness and the effectiveness of authorities’ responsiveness to safety problems and traffic performance. The technology has taken two years of rigorous testing to bring to fruition.

The crossing is equipped with ultra-high speed 5G connectivity, enabling data collection of safety events and traffic while allowing for remote operation, maintenance, and re-configuration. In the future, the system will leverage 5G technologies to communicate safety information and alerts to connected vehicles approaching the crosswalk.

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Muammar Al Katheeri, chief officer for engineering and sustainability at Dubai Integrated Economic Zones Authority (DIEZ), explained: “This system serves as a cornerstone in cementing DSO’s position as a technologically advanced zone, offering residents and business partners a seamless and intelligent living and working experience. Through our longstanding partnership with Derq, we will continue to make remarkable progress in ensuring pedestrian safety and advancing Dubai’s smart city agenda”.

According to Dr. Georges Aoude, co-founder and CEO of Derq, the new AI-powered pedestrian crossing system aligns with Dubai’s vision to establish itself as a bicycle and pedestrian-friendly city with a range of eco-friendly transportation options.


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Adobe Teases New AI Editing Tools And Updates In Premiere Pro

The video editing app will be enhanced with a generative extend tool, text-to-video, improved timeline waveforms, and more.



adobe teases new ai editing tools and updates in premiere pro

After launching the generative AI model Firefly last year, Adobe is now showcasing how the technology will be used in upcoming versions of the editing app Premiere Pro. In an early sneak peek, the company demonstrated several new features, including Object Addition and Removal, Generative Extend, and Text to Video.

The first new feature, Generative Extend, targets a common video editing problem by using AI to “Seamlessly add frames to make clips longer, so it’s easier to perfectly time edits and add smooth transitions”.

Meanwhile, Premiere Pro’s Object Addition & Removal tool will leverage Firefly’s generative AI to “Simply select and track objects, then replace them. Remove unwanted items, change an actor’s wardrobe or quickly add set dressings such as a painting or photorealistic flowers on a desk,” Adobe states.

Adobe also showcased another new feature that can automatically generate new film clips using a text prompt. To use the content creation tool, editors can “Simply type text into a prompt or upload reference images. These clips can be used to ideate and create storyboards, or to create B-roll for augmenting live action footage,” Adobe explained. The company seems to be commercializing this particular feature extremely quickly, considering generative AI video only appeared a few months ago.

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The new additions to Premiere Pro will be added later this year, but Adobe is also introducing smaller improvements to the editing app in May. The changes include interactive fade handles to enable easier transitions, an Essential Sound badge that uses AI to “automatically tag audio clips as dialogue, music, sound effects or ambience, and add a new icon so editors get one-click, instant access to the right controls for the job”, along with effect badges and a new look for waveforms in the timeline.

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