Velodyne Lidar’s IIS used in Helsinki traffic safety improvement project

Laura Wrisley, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales, Velodyne Lidar

Velodyne Lidar, Inc. announced its Intelligent Infrastructure Solution (IIS) was deployed in Helsinki, Finland to collect traffic data and improve road safety. The project showed the value of IIS in multimodal traffic classification, and in near miss collision detection and monitoring.

What was the lay out of the project?

The project was directed by the Forum Virium Helsinki and City of Helsinki in collaboration with Nodeon Finland and Commsignia. Intelligent Infrastructure Solution (IIS), which combines Velodyne’s award-winning lidar sensors and Bluecity’s AI software, was used to monitor traffic flow at three intersections in the vibrant Jätkäsaari section of Helsinki.

In addition, one of the intersections was equipped with a cooperative intelligent transport system (C-ITS) roadside unit to enable experiments that sent warning messages to drivers on vulnerable road users at the intersection. In the said project, IIS delivered an average counting accuracy of 97% for vehicle traffic as well as bicycle and pedestrian traffic.

The solution also demonstrated its efficacy in detecting near miss collision situations, such as running red lights and jaywalking, which provides valuable information for developing traffic management improvements that enhance safety. Next steps for the project include further developing vehicle classification capabilities, building a solution for mobile use for short-term traffic measurement and creating an interface between IIS and traffic signal controllers.

What were the stakeholder thoughts on the project?

“Velodyne Lidar has shown it can reliably and accurately generate traffic information about intersection traffic involving vehicles, pedestrians and bicycles, including volume and classification data, directions, trajectories and speed. The solution provides accurate real-time detection data to support C-ITS safety solutions like vulnerable road user warnings that can help improve road safety,” said Janne Rinne, project manager in Forum Virium Helsinki.

“Our Intelligent Infrastructure Solution provides the data that transportation planners need to understand traffic network problems and take a proactive approach on safety for vehicles and vulnerable users. Our solution is leading the way in transforming infrastructure to make communities smarter and safer,” said Laura Wrisley, SVP of Worldwide Sales, Velodyne Lidar.