A system capable of detecting the number of passengers in a vehicle has been developed by final year Computer Engineering students of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) .
This kind of technology isn’t new but previous attempts at a tech solution for determining vehicle passenger occupancy have been hit or miss.
Jamal Issah, Hassan Maazu and Alfred Adjei, collaborating with their supervisor, Benjamin Kommey, have developed this system as a potential solution.
The seat occupancy system can also locate the position of the vehicle and determine how far each passenger travelled on the car.
Capacitive aluminum foils attached to the car seats that serve as sensors form the system.
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Any information received by the detection system is relayed to a smartphone app.
The system is especially useful for privately owned commercial vehicles. The owners will be able to determine how many passengers use the car everyday and estimate the profits or losses.
The home page of the app comes with a map that tracks the vehicle’s location and uses a red marker to zoom in the location.
Initial testing of the systems’ potential, revealed an 89% accuracy of the system.
The KNUST students say, over time, the system can be used to plan optimal fleet size so commercial vehicle owners can determine if additional buses are needed or otherwise.