According to The Asahi Shimbun, Keihan Electric Railway Co. is testing an artificial intelligence (AI) system that uses image-recognition technology to quickly spot riders using white canes or wheelchairs and then notify station staff of their presence.
The new system is aimed at preventing accidents involving passengers with disabilities, such as falling onto the tracks from the station platform.
Similar systems were also run on a trial basis by Kintetsu Railway Co. and Sagami Railway Co.
The AI system will continue to accumulate image data through the end of March so it learns how to tell when people are using white canes or wheelchairs, and eventually detect them automatically.
Starting in April, station staff will begin receiving notifications on their work phones any time the system detects them.
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