ANN ARBOR – Housed in Kerrytown Market & Shops, Voxel51 recently launched the Voxel51 Physical Distancing Index (PDI) to measure how the coronavirus pandemic is changing human activity in cities around the world -- in real time.
Founded by a University of Michigan professor in computer vision and his Ph.D. student who specializes in machine learning, Voxel51 uses a technique called “urban sensing” to help cities understand people, infrastructure and vehicles using expansive video camera systems like CCTV.
Once they understood the gravity of the coronavirus pandemic, they decided to put their urban sensing to good use.
The platform can be accessed here and visitors can see live streams of cities around the world and graphs ranking social distancing efforts, including:
- New York City
- Las Vegas
Detroit and Ann Arbor are also being tracked.
✉ Like what you’re reading? Sign up for our email newsletter here!