Wednesday July 27, 2016

Ford, MIT Project Uses LiDAR, Cameras, to Measure Pedestrian Traffic

According to this press release, Ford and MIT are collaborating on a new project that will shuttle students around campus on point-to-point shuttles all the while measuring how pedestrians move in urban areas using LiDAR, cameras and other onboard sensors.

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The project will introduce a fleet of on-demand electric vehicle shuttles that operate on both city roads and campus walkways on the university’s Cambridge, Massachusetts, campus. The vehicles use LiDAR sensors and cameras to measure pedestrian flow, which ultimately helps predict demand for the shuttles. This, in turn, helps researchers and drivers route shuttles toward areas with the highest demand to better accommodate riders.