In an interesting development, the far-sighted members of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Ropar, have been working on developing an artificial intelligence-based application for smartphones that can help analyse if a person is drunk or not. It would be able to do so by analysing the blood alcohol content (BAC) legal limit.
India has become quite notorious for its drunk-driving cases, with reports suggesting that in Goa alone more than 4,920 cases were booked in 2018 compared to 2,760 cases in 2017. Whereas in Hyderabad, more than 20,000 cases of drunk-driving have been filed this year.
The Project By IIT Ropar
In a report, the assistant professor named Dr Abhinav Dhall from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Ropar said that he and his team are developing an Android-based application which can help a person to check how much alcohol is consumed and will be able to drive or not without being analysed by a breathalyzer or some medical tests. The working of the app will be based on the videos of people at different intoxicated stages that will be fed while programming it. The fully developed app will be available in the Google play store and can be downloaded without spending a penny.
Dr Dhall has been involved with intense research in the space of computer vision, affective computing, machine learning, automatic driver monitoring and advanced driving assistance systems, over the last few years.
What Have IITians Done In The Past To Help Society
This is not the first time that the ingenious IIT-ians are doing something fruitful to help the society. Previously, Dr Dhall, along with his two students, had developed an AI-based application for selfie-accident awareness that is free of cost and also available on Google play store.
In another development by IIT, the students at IIT Hyderabad earlier this year developed an AI-based programme to detect motorists on the road who are not wearing helmets. This development by C Krishna Mohan, an associate professor along with two other research scholars caught the attention of Hyderabad traffic police and they signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with an aim of reducing fatalities of the bike riders and catching hold of the offenders.