Ann Arbor startup tracks social distancing efforts around the world using street camera footage

As social distancing becomes increasingly common across the globe, an Ann Arbor startup is tracking just how intensely communities are trying to avoid contact and limit the spread of the new coronavirus in some of the world’s busiest places.

Voxel51, a company that services the artificial intelligence industry for image and video processing and understanding, was founded by Jason Corso, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Michigan. Two weeks ago, Corso said he and his team began tracking physical distancing at locations like Times Square in New York, Miami Beach, Abbey Road in London and the Ruthven Museums Building at UM.