iRASTE: Intelligent Solutions for Road Safety through Technology and Engineering
Project iRASTE is a unique collaborative initiative between the government, industry and academia towards advancing road safety inaugurated by Hon'ble Minister of Road Transport and Highways of India, Shri Nitin Gadkari on 11th September 2021 aimed at the reduction of fatalities upto 50% in Nagpur city by 2023. Intel India, INAI, International Institute of Information Technology-Hyderabad (IIIT-H), CSIR - Central Road Research Institute (CSIR - CRRI) New Delhi and Mahindra & Mahindra are the consortium partners whereas Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is the principle local agency overseeing its implementation. As a part of this project, a customized driver training program coordinated by Dr.Mukti Advani (Principal Scientist), with the leadership of Dr.S.Velmurugan (Chief Scientist) was held between 21st to 26th February 2022. This is as titled, “Defensive Driving and Driver Assistance through Artificial Intelligence”. Dr. Vikas Mahatme, Rajya Sabha Member & Chairman, District Road Safety Committee attended the final day of the session, and he was impressed to learn that close to 340 drivers have undergone the above training program.