Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) based Traffic Monitoring and Management

The proposed study includes two phases: system development phase and field test phase. One key resource available to the investigation team is the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) test site expected to be operational by the summer of 2014. The test site is planned to be located in the East Jersey area, and currently covers stretches of two freeway systems: the Garden State Parkway and U.S. 9 along the New Jersey shoreline and arterial traffic system near Atlantic City. During the project period, the team is expected to conduct 7-8 field tests including UAV system testing (1 test), Waypoint optimization testing (2 tests), simulated incident site evaluation (1 test), traffic congestion video shooting (1 test), and actual field implementation tests (2-3 tests). With the flexibility and streamlined procedure of flight scheduling at the test site, the proposed research can ensure that the proposed system is calibrated and evaluated in real-world scenarios. The team will purchase and assemble a fitting UAV platform with sufficient payload and flying time capabilities to allow the deployment of video sensors and communication units. This is expected to conclude with 2-3 months of the project. The field evaluation of the Air-TIMS system will be conducted in collaboration with Traffic Incident Response crew at New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) responsible for the highways near the test sites so that the system can be tested in real-world conditions.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $73850.00
  • Contract Numbers:



  • Sponsor Organizations:

    New Jersey Department of Transportation

    1035 Parkway Avenue
    Trenton, NJ  United States  08625

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Szary, Patrick

    Motiani, Dhanesh

  • Performing Organizations:

    Rutgers University, Piscataway

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    623 Bowser Road
    Piscataway, NJ  United States  08854
  • Principal Investigators:

    Jin, Peter J.

  • Start Date: 20140901
  • Expected Completion Date: 20160630
  • Actual Completion Date: 20151231
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37077

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01568405
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC28, CAIT-UTC-NC8
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Jun 27 2015 1:01AM