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Stereo Pedestrian – A New Robust Multiple Pedestrian Detection and Tracking System, Phase II: Product Development

Project Information

Project ID: 
Project Status: 
Start Date: 
Thursday, August 17, 2006
End Date: 
Friday, October 16, 2009
FHWA Program: 
TRT Terms: 
Pedestrians; Operations; Research; Crosswalks; Safety; Highway Traffic Control; Midblock Crossings
FHWA Discipline: 
Operations, Safety
Subject Area: 
Operations and Traffic Management

Contact Information

First Name: 
(202) 493-3045
Transportation Enabling Technologies Team
Office of Operations Research and Development
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Project Details

Project Description: 

Traffic sensors for detection of pedestrians in crosswalks have not been sufficiently robust. Either false positives indicating the presence of pedestrians when none are there or false negatives indicating the absence of pedestrians when pedestrians are present are issues with all technologies. This project will extend the capabilities of vision-based pedestrian sensors by adding a stereo vision component. A modification is pending, which will add an additional $500,000 for additional field testing. The project will verify whether stereo vision performs better than monocular vision, identify critical gaps with regard to the collection and processing of stereo vision data and what hardware changes or algorithms might be used to enhance stereo pedestrian detection techniques, and advance laboratory and field tests of improved hardware and algorithms as well as field operational tests. NOTE: This falls under the spreadsheet subcategory of:Develop improved sensors and sensing technologies to support transportation applications and performance measures.


The project is focused on field testing a stereo sensor for the detection of pedestrians.

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Project Output: 

Establish the practicality of whether, in the real world, it is possible to use a stereo imaging sensor to reliably detect pedestrians.