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Project Information
Project ID:   FHWA-PROJ-06-0015
Project Name:   Stereo Pedestrian – A New Robust Multiple Pedestrian Detection and Tracking System, Phase II: Product Development
Project Status:   Completed
Start Date:  August 17, 2006
End Date:  October 16, 2009
Contact Information
Last Name:  Gibson
First Name:  David P
Telephone:  202-493-3271
E-mail:  david.gibson@dot.gov
Office:   Office of Operations Research and Development
Team:   Trans Enabling Technologies Team [HRDO-10]
Program:   Small Business Innovation Program (SBIR) (2% of Adjusted CA)
Project detail
Project Description:   Traffic sensors for detection of pedestrians in crosswalks have not been sufficiently robust. Either false positives indicating the presence of pedestrians when none are there or false negatives indicating the absence of pedestrians when pedestrians are present are issues with all technologies. This project will extend the capabilities of vision-based pedestrian sensors by adding a stereo vision component. A modification is pending, which will add an additional $500,000 for additional field testing. The project will verify whether stereo vision performs better than monocular vision, identify critical gaps with regard to the collection and processing of stereo vision data and what hardware changes or algorithms might be used to enhance stereo pedestrian detection techniques, and advance laboratory and field tests of improved hardware and algorithms as well as field operational tests. NOTE: This falls under the spreadsheet subcategory of:Develop improved sensors and sensing technologies to support transportation applications and performance measures.
Goals:   The project is focused on field testing a stereo sensor for the detection of pedestrians.
Test Methodology:   Conduct field laboratory data collection.
Partners:   U.S. Department of Transportation: Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA); Role(s): Other stakeholder
Expected Benefits:   Improved pedestrian detection will allow improved operation and safety of traffic control systems by considering the impacts of pedestrian movements on vehicular traffic and those of vehicular traffic on pedestrian movements and safety.
Project Findings:   Establish the practicality of whether, in the real world, it is possible to use a stereo imaging sensor to reliably detect pedestrians.
FHWA Topics:   Research/Technologies--FHWA Research and Technology
TRT Terms:   Pedestrians
Operations
Research
Crosswalks
Safety
Highway Traffic Control
Midblock Crossings
FHWA Disciplines:   Operations
Safety
Subject Areas:   Operations and Traffic Management

 

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