Lidar sensors have been integrated with traffic signals in Reno to detect, count and track pedestrians, cyclists and traffic to help improve traffic analytics, congestion management and pedestrian safety.
The University of Nevada has partnered with Velodyne Lidar to advance research in transportation infrastructure aimed at making transportation more efficient, sustainable and safe.
The university’s Nevada Centre for Applied Research is using Velodyne’s lidar sensors in its intelligent mobility initiative.
Nevada DOT and Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development are part of the coalition of public and private partners participating.
For the programme, Velodyne Ultra Puck lidar sensors have been integrated with traffic signals to detect, count and track pedestrians, cyclists and traffic to help improve traffic analytics, congestion management and pedestrian safety.
These lidar sensors have been placed at crossing signs and intersections in the city of Reno, Nevada, and because lidar used today does not allow for facial recognition, these smart city applications can preserve trust and anonymity among the public.
Velodyne also claims “lidar-enhanced” roads can communicate data to connected vehicles to support eco-drive and collision avoidance applications. To address roadway congestion monitoring, university researchers have developed speed measurement, and delay and queue length measurements using lidar data.
The programme also has an electric bus operated by the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County. The bus is equipped with an Ultra Puck and other sensors to collect data to assess mass-transit routes and feasibility of mass-transit automation in city segments with a connected infrastructure.
“Velodyne sensors are helping us address the challenge of improving mobility and safety in transportation – and contribute to advancing smart cities”
“Velodyne’s lidar sensors have been instrumental in our transportation research, providing the accurate, reliable 3D data we need in our intelligent mobility programme,” said Carlos Cardillo, director, Nevada Centre for Applied Research.
“Velodyne sensors are helping us address the challenge of improving mobility and safety in transportation – and contribute to advancing smart cities.”
The Ultra Puck provides a full 360-degree environmental view to deliver accurate real-time 3D data. It is a small, compact lidar sensor that delivers 200 metres range.
The sensor’s reliability and power efficiency make it an ideal solution for smart city applications such as pedestrian safety, vehicle traffic and parking space management, according to Velodyne.
“The Nevada Centre for Applied Research is charting a path to create the smart cities of the future by enabling multimodal communication between infrastructure, vehicles and people,” said Jon Barad, vice president of business development, Velodyne Lidar.
“[Its] multidisciplinary research team is using Velodyne’s lidar sensors in innovative ways to collect and analyse data needed to improve efficiency and safety.”
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