Rutgers University has chosen Velodyne’s new solution that combines its lidar sensors and Bluecity’s AI software to monitor traffic networks and public spaces.
Rutgers Centre for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT) has selected an intelligent infrastructure solution from Velodyne Lidar as a ‘cornerstone’ technology for its Middlesex County – Smart Mobility Testing Ground (MC-SMTG) project.
The project, in collaboration with the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), will see CAIT install the solution at multiple intersections in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
The project is intended to serve as a testbed for mobility data-gathering, analysis and sharing technologies that will help implement connected and autonomous vehicle systems in the future. CAIT selected the Velodyne solution after a rigorous vetting process, in which it tested other sensor solutions and lidar systems.
Velodyne’s latest solution combines its lidar sensors with Bluecity’s artificial intelligence (AI) software to monitor traffic networks and public spaces. It generates real-time data analytics and predictions, helping to improve traffic and crowd flow efficiency, advance sustainability and protect vulnerable road users.
“The acquisition and analysis of mobility data is crucial to integrating autonomous vehicles, and creating a safer pedestrian and cycling environment,” said Dr Ali Maher, professor and director, Rutgers Centre for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation.
“Velodyne’s intelligent infrastructure solution captures data on various traffic activity including vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists in all types of environmental conditions. We envision the solution as playing a critical role in helping us create a safer environment for all road users.”
According to Velodyne, its intelligent infrastructure solution is more cost-effective and easier to install than radar- and camera-based systems. This lower price point is because a single lidar sensor installed on a traffic pole can cover an entire intersection or highway section compared to radar- and camera-based systems that typically need multiple sensors to cover the same area.
“There is a growing commitment by governments worldwide to rebuild outdated transportation infrastructure systems. Leading the way is the 2.25 trillion-dollar proposal by the Biden administration to invest in the modernisation of vehicles, roads and transit systems,” said Anand Gopalan, chief executive officer, Velodyne Lidar.
“As Velodyne looks at a world with connected and autonomous vehicles, we know that infrastructure will play a critical role in moving this industry forward. Our solution, powered by Bluecity’s AI-powered traffic monitoring software platform, will be key in the efforts to transform our roads and transportation infrastructure into smart cities, paving the way for a more sustainable, safer future.”