Evaluation of Automated Pedestrian Detection at Signalized Intersections

Source: Federal Highway Administration

The objective of the present study was to evaluate whether automated pedestrian detectors, when used in conjunction with standard pedestrian push buttons, would result in fewer overall pedestrian-vehicle conflicts and fewer inappropriate crossings (i.e., beginning to cross during the Don't Walk signal). "Before" and "after" video data were collected at intersection locations in Los Angeles, CA (infrared andmicrowave), Phoenix, AZ (microwave), and Rochester, NY (microwave). The results indicated a significant reduction in vehicle-pedestrian conflicts as well as a reduction in the number of pedestrians beginning to cross during the Don't Walk signal. The differences between microwave and infrared detectors were not significant. Detailed field testing of the microwave equipment in Phoenix revealed that fine tuning of the detection zone is still
needed to reduce the number of false calls and missed calls.

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