Exploring Non-Traditional Methods of Obtaining Vehicle Volumes

The primary objective of this project is to evaluate the accuracy of Streetlytics and Streetlight Data volume counts for rural roads with counts under 500 vpd and to make a recommendation as to whether the state of Louisiana can adopt any of these tools to provide accurate annual average daily traffic (AADT) for these areas. Specifically, the main objectives are to conduct a review of all available big data AADT estimation tools, documenting their pros and cons as well as their differences and how each can serve Louisiana’s needs better; develop a list of rural roads with counts under 500 vpd to be used for the comparative study; obtain Streetlytics and StreetLight Data volume counts for the selected sample. Also, obtain corresponding traditional volume counts for the selected sample; undertake comparative analysis to evaluate accuracy of Streetlytics and StreetLight Data volume counts, using traditional counts as ground truth; and make a recommendation on whether each tool can provide volume counts for the state of Louisiana based on the results obtained and state whether its offers more value than undertaking manual counts.