Generating High-Accuracy Transportation Datasets with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

A new trend in the area of connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) is infrastructure-based sensing and tracking. By installing roadside cameras at the infrastructure, one can monitor the overall traffic situation and, after processing the collected data via edge computing, the information can be shared with CAVs via V2X connectivity. This has a huge potential to improve traffic safety and efficiency. The study team identifies two main challenges to deploy such systems: (i) to obtain high precision data and (ii) to label the obtained data. It is necessary to have sufficient high-precision labelled datasets for training the underlying machine learning (ML) algorithms to detect, identify, localize and track the road participants. In other words, one needs to know the “ground truth” (with high precision) for large variety of different scenarios. As of now, this may be done by hand-labeling images, which is immensely labor intensive, or by using probe vehicles equipped with high precision GPS, which can only provide data about a few specific vehicles.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $120,000
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute

    2901 Baxter Road
    Ann Arbor, Michigan  United States  48109
  • Project Managers:

    Stearns, Amy

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    2350 Hayward
    Ann Arbor, MI  United States  48109-2125
  • Principal Investigators:

    Orosz, Gabor

  • Start Date: 20231201
  • Expected Completion Date: 20241130
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01906129
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Center for Connected and Automated Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3552348305
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Jan 26 2024 4:45PM