Development of a Mass-Based Automated Passenger Counter

This goal of this project is to develop and refine low-cost automatic passenger counter (APC) technology with improved accuracy over currently available systems. The concept is to use data collected from pressure sensors connected to the vehicle air suspension system and advanced algorithms to determine change in vehicle mass during stops that correlate to passenger boarding and alighting events. The project team will work with Twin Cities Metro Transit and The University of Minnesota Campus Shuttle to implement the system on eight buses during the project, advancing the mass-based APC from a prototype to a market-ready product.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $98791
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project J-04, IDEA 84

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Transit Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Gause, Jo

  • Performing Organizations:

    Center for Transportation Studies

    University of Minnesota
    500 Washington Avenue SE, TSB 200
    Minneapolis, MN  United States  55118
  • Principal Investigators:

    Northrop, William

  • Start Date: 20161102
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 41488

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01628077
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project J-04, IDEA 84
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Mar 4 2017 1:00AM