Artificial intelligence (AI) is making its way to driving apps thanks to the Navmii AI Dashcam, which turns a smartphone into a dashcam recorder with a dose of smarts.
Currently available on Android phones, with an iOS release coming soon, the AI Dashcam app records a user’s car journey via the phone’s camera and stores the footage securely on the phone rather than fire it into the cloud or external servers.
At the same time the app provides AI-powered advanced driver assistance systems features to help provide drivers with information and feedback to make their driving safer and more informed.
Using its AI abilities, the app can effectively read road speed limit signs and can alert the driver if they are being a bit heavy with the right pedal, as well as alert motorists to potential hazards, including collision warnings if the driver is approaching another car too quickly.
AI and automated driver aids are increasingly being added into car systems, evolving beyond cruise control to systems that allow cars to park themselves, with more advanced tech aiming to fuel the development of fully autonomous self-driving cars.
But Navmii’s chief executive Peter Atalla noted that the AI Dashcam app is essentially bringing some of these smart driving features into everyday gadgets rather than require specialist systems or expensive sat nav units.
“Driver assistance products are increasingly being built in to cars, but we have incorporated them into a free app that makes it simpler and cheaper for drivers to remain safe and record their journeys,” he said.
“Navmii AI Dashcam offers users a completely free experience without advertisements. Our app offers the functionality of a high end dashcam usually costing several hundred pounds, demonstrating our continued commitment to offering free apps to drivers that help them travel safely.”
We’d have to test the AI Dashcam app out before taking Atalla’s comments at face value, but the app does appear to offer something a bit extra to other driving and navigation-orientated apps, and its own Navmii Navfree app.
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