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Revista de Salud Pública

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Abstract

BARRERO-SOLANO, Lope H. et al. Video-based assessment of pedestrian behavior: Development and testing of methods. Rev. salud pública [online]. 2017, vol.19, n.2, pp.182-187. ISSN 0124-0064.  http://dx.doi.org/10.15446/rsap.v19n2.34043.

Objective

The aim of this paper is to develop a computer algorithm that analyzes pedestrian behavior at an urban site in Bogota, Colombia, considering that the assessment of pedestrian behavior is a road safety priority.

Methods

Pedestrians were video-taped as they crossed a selected road. An algorithm was developed in order to record, from these videos, pedestrian and vehicle positions and speeds. This information made possible the identification of hazardous behaviors, which were compared through visual assessments.

Results

429 pedestrians crossed the selected road at an average distance of 4.5 meters from vehicles that moved at an average speed of 21 km/h. With a maximum difference of 19 % with respect to visual assessments, the algorithm estimated that 58.5 % pedestrians crossed through non-designated locations; 62.2 % crossed near moving vehicles, and that 41.2 % ran while they were crossing the road.

Conclusions

Video-based analysis can be used to assess pedestrians’ behavior. Future research work should focus on improving both the accuracy and the number of safety parameters of the algorithm.

Keywords : Videorecording; pedestrian; validity; developing nations; (source: Mesh, NLM)..

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