Validation of Traffic Simulation Model Output Using High-Resolution Video by Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Chennan Xue, Mohammad Jalayer, Huaguo Zhou

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    Abstract

    Traffic simulation models can provide a cost-effective and flexible alternative to evaluate the various roadway designs and traffic management alternatives. To do so, we first need to ensure that the models are appropriately calibrated to reflect the existing conditions. The use of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has gained particular attention in the transportation infrastructure industry. On a nationwide scale, there has been a trend to incorporate UAV in traffic operations such as traffic monitoring and infrastructure management activities which include bridge and roadway inspections. The goal of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of utilizing UAV to validate traffic simulation model outputs. To that end, two simulation models of an intersection in Auburn, Alabama, were developed using Synchro and VISSIM simulation software. The high-resolution video and photographic data collected by UAV were employed to validate that the models reflect the existing traffic operations at the study intersection. Simulation models were calibrated and compared with results obtained from drone videos. The results showed that UAVs have the potential to improve the validation procedure of traffic simulation by providing complete pictures of traffic movements at entire intersections.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Transportation and Development 2019
    Subtitle of host publicationInnovation and Sustainability in Smart Mobility and Smart Cities - Selected Papers from the International Conference on Transportation and Development 2019
    EditorsDavid A. Noyce
    PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
    Pages135-147
    Number of pages13
    ISBN (Electronic)9780784482582
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
    EventInternational Conference on Transportation and Development 2019: Innovation and Sustainability in Smart Mobility and Smart Cities, ICTD 2019 - Alexandria, United States
    Duration: Jun 9 2019Jun 12 2019

    Publication series

    NameInternational Conference on Transportation and Development 2019: Innovation and Sustainability in Smart Mobility and Smart Cities - Selected Papers from the International Conference on Transportation and Development 2019

    Conference

    ConferenceInternational Conference on Transportation and Development 2019: Innovation and Sustainability in Smart Mobility and Smart Cities, ICTD 2019
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CityAlexandria
    Period6/9/196/12/19

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
    • Geography, Planning and Development
    • Transportation
    • Mechanics of Materials
    • Civil and Structural Engineering

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