The feasibility of aerial videography using multicopter for traffic surveys

J. T. Luo, Y. C. Huang, Ka-Io Wong

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Abstract

Nowadays, there are breakthrough developments in the technology of multicopter, which is a remote controlled rotorcraft hovering in the sky. Mounted with a high resolution digital camera, a multicopter can be used to capture images and videos of the road traffic, for deriving the traffic status and queue lengths on highway due to congestion or incidents etc. This makes aerial videography using multicopter an efficient, stable, safe, yet affordable solution for mission-based traffic surveys. It provides an efficient solution if the sites are not covered by CCTV. For urban arterials, accurate trajectories of vehicles can be obtained for the analysis of drivers' behaviors, and information such as spacing, speed, lane-changing etc. can be recorded. We have successfully generated the required dataset for several traffic studies with significant cost reduction. In this paper, we will present the post-processing procedure, limitations, costs and effectiveness, and the quality of collected data for using multicopter for traffic survey.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 19th International Conference of Hong Kong Society for Transportation Studies, HKSTS 2014 - Transportation and Infrastructure
EditorsZ. Leng, Y. H. Wang
PublisherHong Kong Society for Transportation Studies Limited
Pages541-547
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9789881581433
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2014
Event19th International Conference of Hong Kong Society for Transportation Studies: Transportation and Infrastructure, HKSTS 2014 - Hong Kong, China
Duration: 13 Dec 201415 Dec 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 19th International Conference of Hong Kong Society for Transportation Studies, HKSTS 2014 - Transportation and Infrastructure

Conference

Conference19th International Conference of Hong Kong Society for Transportation Studies: Transportation and Infrastructure, HKSTS 2014
CountryChina
CityHong Kong
Period13/12/1415/12/14

Keywords

  • Aerial photography and videography
  • Image processing
  • Multicopter
  • Traffic survey

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    Luo, J. T., Huang, Y. C., & Wong, K-I. (2014). The feasibility of aerial videography using multicopter for traffic surveys. In Z. Leng, & Y. H. Wang (Eds.), Proceedings of the 19th International Conference of Hong Kong Society for Transportation Studies, HKSTS 2014 - Transportation and Infrastructure (pp. 541-547). (Proceedings of the 19th International Conference of Hong Kong Society for Transportation Studies, HKSTS 2014 - Transportation and Infrastructure). Hong Kong Society for Transportation Studies Limited.