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Aerial Photographic Instrumentation System For Collection Of Complete Traffic Flow Characteristics Data For Studies In Traffic Flow And Highway Safety
Author(s): Walter W. Mosher
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Paper Abstract

To conduct research in Traffic Safety, and to provide an understanding of vehicle and driver performance on high speed streets and highways, researchers frequently turn to the development of models to describe vehicular traffic flow. In order to adequately develop and validate such models, it is necessary to obtain precise and detailed information on traffic flow characteristics. This task, because of the tremendous costs and difficulties associated with it, has been the single greatest impediment to vehicular traffic flow model development efforts. As a result, traffic flow researchers have, with few exceptions, either omitted model validation entirely, or have used data obtained by crude and inadequate methods in superficial attempts at model validation. This report will describe a system of instrumentation that has been developed to overcome these problems and has been used successfully for the precise measurement of traffic flow characteristics. The system, employing both aerial and ground photographic techniques, was developed at the Institute of Transportation and Traffic Engineering, UCLA, under the direction of this author (Ref. 1, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10), to obtain traffic flow data for a study sponsored by the United States Bureau of Public Roads (Contract CPR 11-4309) concerning the effects of exit ramps on freeway operation and control.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 1972
PDF: 18 pages
Proc. SPIE 0030, Photo-Optical Instrumentation: A Tool for Solving Traffic and Highway Engineering Problems, (1 May 1972); doi: 10.1117/12.953565
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Walter W. Mosher, Precision Dynamics Corporation (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0030:
Photo-Optical Instrumentation: A Tool for Solving Traffic and Highway Engineering Problems
William T. Baker; Harry W. Case; Slade Hulbert, Editor(s)

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