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Safety analysis using data from 8 drones at once!

Another great project has been accomplished, among other things, thanks to DataFromSky analysis! DataFromSky has made a traffic study of a corridor in the city of Fairfield in Connecticut, U.S.. The data were used for an extensive Safety analysis of the whole corridor called Black Rock Turnpike. The study, created by The Connecticut Metropolitan Council of Governments (MetroCOG) and FHI, identifies strategies to create a safe and attractive pedestrian environment, a robust infrastructure for bicyclists, and linkages between residential areas and the shops, businesses and restaurants along Black Rock Turnpike.

Black Rock Turnpike is a major arterial that serves one of the city’s largest business and commercial districts. According to the estimates, approximately 20,000 vehicles utilize this corridor every day. As the results of the analysis show – although Black Rock Turnpike has a posted speed limit of 50 km/h (30 miles/h), the average speeds are between 55 – 65 km/h (35-40 miles/h). The road widths, speed, high traffic volume and numerous curb cuts create an unsafe and uninviting pedestrian environment. Click on this link to read more about the whole project.

Analyzed area

However, what is truly remarkable about this analysis is the method how the data were recorded and analyzed. To be able to cover the whole corridor, which is roughly 1,3 km in length, up to 8 drones recording at the same time were needed! This allowed us to analyze the corridor as a complex scene, obtain the complete trajectories of vehicles for the whole analyzed route and create the detailed Origin-destination statistics! What were the key conditions for the successful analysis?

  1. top-down view position (bird’s eye perspective)
  2. space overlap – at least 10 % of overlap in the analyzed area from each side
  3. time overlap – all the drones started filming at the exact same time

Take a look at the video of raw output of 8 drone videos merged together:

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Road design – more important than you think

Alan Sackrin, Florida based Civil Trial Lawyer, published an article about the importance of road design and its influence on road crash statistics.

Current conditions of roadways and their design – these two factors play a major role in number of car accidents. There are times when people are seriously injured or even killed in auto accidents on a traffic path where the design itself causes danger mentions Alan Sackrin.

Read the whole article at South Florida Injury Accident Blog.

Transportation is one of global issues and the road traffic accidents death rate is annually increasing. DataFromSky wants to fight against this problem by providing advanced safety analysis. Join us to keep our roads well-designed and safe!

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Mike On Traffic mentions DataFromSky

Mike On Traffic is a blog about “the Less Boring Side of Traffic Engineering“. DataFromSky was recently mentioned in a post called Counting Cars from the Sky: The Future of Traffic Monitoring.

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Partnership with Virginia Aerial Imaging

We are happy to announce that Virginia Aerial Imaging joined the growing list of our partners! If you are looking for a drone operator on the east coast of USA, look no further…

“When you choose Virginia Aerial Imaging for your project, you are partnering with a team of professionals that deliver top-notch service in unmanned aerial imaging with a integral focus on safety, integrity, and quality.”

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