Cleveland buses test infrared cameras to improve pedestrian safety

Online article by By Jason Shueh

Infrared Image boy with ball from NASAOnline — “A transportation technology pilot in Cleveland is testing the use of infrared cameras and connected vehicle technology to alert city buses when pedestrians enter an intersection.

“The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) has partnered with Battelle, a transportation research group, to begin a six-month project that will test the cameras and vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure radio equipment.

“The connected buses, 24 in total, will receive warnings when a pedestrian or another vehicle enters their lanes at three different intersections.”

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The technology project uses dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) radio for vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication, Global Positioning System (GPS) for vehicle tracking, and forward looking infrared (FLIR) cameras for pedestrian detection.

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RTA is the largest public transit system in Ohio, serving more than 150,000 persons a day. Safety is at the core of RTA’s Mission Statement. Cited several times by national groups for its safety programs, RTA was the first to develop a talking bus – a move later copied by other transit systems. In 2016, RTA implemented a Right-of-Way Worker Protection Plan for its rail system.