Pedestrian and animal detection system for cooperative traffic infrastructure
VTT has developed a VRU (Vulnerable Road User) system for warning vehicle
drivers. The system detects pedestrian, bicycles or animals, and sends a
warning message to drivers about living objects in a dangerous traffic
environment such as a motorway exit. The system is part of a cooperative
traffic safety system, developed by the SAFESPOT project, which facilitates
communication between vehicles and the traffic infrastructure .
is probably the first roadside sensing system that detects living objects
using thermal imaging technology interfaced as part of a cooperative
intelligent traffic safety system. The advantage is that an expensive thermal
camera is not needed in the vehicle; a warning of a risky situation can be
transmitted to each passing vehicle.
Identification is based
on a thermal vision system that uses image analysis (speed, size, shape and
temperature information) to detect humans and animals. The system is
integrated into a sensor fusion module which sends data to a local dynamic
maps database modelling the driving environment. The system is being tested on
a motorway in Turin, Italy.
Meet us at the ITS World Congress
in Stockholm Sweden September 21-25, 2009, stand A20.