Transportation Safety

I’m exploring the use of 360 video and photos to better manage transportation facilities, especially roads, in the United States. I’m especially interested in asset management and transportation safety applications. If you have explored similar opportunities, please say hello.

Hey @Roads – welcome!

360 video and photos to better manage transportation facilities, especially roads, in the United States

Can you explain more about the type of things you’re looking to do? It sounds like you might be using images to look for dangerous infrastructure (e.g. road surface, damage to signs, etc.)… or am I completely off target (won’t be the first, or last time!).

That’s awfully close to a bullseye. Some more specific possibilities include:

  • Coding the safety rating for a segment of road based on risk factors (shoulder width, lane width, pavement condition, signs/striping condition, roadside design, intersection density/configuration, etc.) http://www.usrap.org/
  • Corelating crash locations (or other GIS data) with a google street view type of experience but also wanting to be able to watch a video of the highway. Many of the locations I’m interested in are outside Google’s coverage or have been improved since the last update. Basically experimenting with the question “Can we conduct a Road Safety Audit virtually?” https://highways.dot.gov/federal-lands/programs-tribal/safety/road-safety-audits
  • Sign inventory for maintenance inspections.
  • Capturing curve geometry (Raidus, degree of curve, length of curve, deflection angle, existing signage, and type of curve) based on analysis of the camera’s telemetry data. such as: U Wisconsin’s CurveFinder
  • Other visual inspections of roadways or recently completed road projects that could save on travel costs.

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