Lidar emerging as promising traffic sensor for cities

August 20, 2020
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by Chad Goldberg
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The technology is being integrated with traffic signals in Reno, Nevada, to detect, count, and track pedestrians, cyclists, and traffic in an effort to improve traffic analytics, congestion management, and pedestrian safety. This is not the first time Lux has encountered lidar for this use case, as Pittsburgh's director of transportation informed us that her city was exploring the technology as a viable traffic management and data collection solution. Lidar may prove to be an effective traffic management tool based on a few factors, including its energy efficiency, ability to communicate data to connected vehicles, and lack of facial recognition features, a growing concern among the public that is prevalent in camera-based systems.

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