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FullStop: A camera-assisted system for characterizing unsafe bus stopping
, B. Raman, V.N. Padmanabhan
Published in Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Volume: 19
Issue: 9
Pages: 2116 - 2128
Road safety is a critical issue worldwide. We believe that mobile devices can play a positive role in this context by detecting dangerous conditions and providing feedback. This paper focuses on a specific problem in developing countries: the stopping behaviour of buses in the vicinity of bus stops. For instance, buses could arrive at a bus stop but continue rolling forward instead of coming to a complete halt, or could stop some distance away from the bus stop, possibly even in the middle of a busy road. Such behaviors put at risk the passengers boarding or alighting the bus, and also the people waiting at a bus stop. We present FullStop, a smartphone-based system that detects safety risks emanating from stopping behavior like the ones listed above. We show that the GPS and inertial sensors are unable to perform the fine-grained detection needed. Therefore, our approach in FullStop is based on the view obtained from looking out to the front of the vehicle using the camera of a smartphone that is mounted on the front windshield. Using optical flow vectors, with several refinements, FullStop running on a smartphone is able to effectively detect various unsafe bus stopping behaviours. © 2002-2012 IEEE.
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