CUIP, CDOT Partnering With Seoul Robotics And Ouster To Improve Pedestrian Safety

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

The UTC's Center for Urban Informatics and Progress, with the Chattanooga Department of Transportation, are partnering with Seoul Robotics and Ouster to make Chattanooga safer for pedestrians utilizing light detection and ranging (lidar). Ouster’s lidar sensors and Seoul Robotics’ perception software, SENSR, which uses deep learning technologies, would help CUIP and CDOT understand pedestrian patterns and risk factors to be mitigated.  

The lidar systems will work in conjunction with the existing MLK Smart Corridor sensors to create a more robust picture of how pedestrians and vehicles interact. Lidar sensors and perception software create accurate, 3D representations of the physical environment through the identification and classification of objects, giving researchers the data they need to understand traffic and pedestrian patterns that could be dangerous for citizens. In 2018, Hamilton County had 100 pedestrian injuries and 10 pedestrian fatalities.  

“We continue to find ways to work with CUIP and industry partners to further our goal of a safer, smarter Chattanooga,” Chattanooga Smart Cities Director Kevin Comstock said. “We know that technology, data, and collaboration can help us reduce the number of pedestrian injuries and fatalities.”  

The new lidar sensors will be located in two downtown Chattanooga intersections: Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Market Street, and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Georgia Avenue. These locations were selected for their close proximity to city parks and event spaces and their subsequent high volume of pedestrian activity.  

“Collaboration is critical within the smart cities community," said CUIP Director Mina Sartipi. "All of our work is focused on a common good, which leads to a constant flow of progress and innovation to research and technologies. This specific collaboration will give us the ability to make our city much safer for pedestrians.”  

The solution offered by Seoul Robotics and Ouster Lidar is able to detect, track and predict the movement of pedestrians and vehicles, identifying potential incidents such as accidents and wrong-way driving as well as better understanding traffic flow and suggesting reroutes. The lidar-based solution will augment existing camera infrastructure to enhance the accuracy and detail of safety data while preserving the privacy of pedestrians. 

"Lidar and other 3D data solutions have the potential to make cities safer for both pedestrians and drivers, but for too long the technology has been inaccessible due to cost and the need for affordable, sensor agnostic software," said HanBin Lee, co-founder and CEO of Seoul Robotics. "Our technology is changing that. This installation with the city of Chattanooga and CUIP represents the future of smart cities, and will be instrumental in showcasing to other cities around the world how insights from 3D data can fuel a more efficient and safer society." 

“Lidar has great potential to both reduce accidents and increase efficiency by powering smart city infrastructure," said Barrs Lang, general manager of Americas at Ouster. "CUIP and the city of Chattanooga are setting a leading example for the country in how to unlock this potential. This project is just the beginning, and we’re looking forward to working closely together to build a safer, smarter Chattanooga.” 



Civil Air Patrol Member Receives Award

HCSO To Be Featured On COPS Television Show, Season 33

Constitution Day Celebration At Noon Sept. 17


A member of Civil Air Patrol's Choo Choo Senior Squadron for almost three years, 1st Lt. Steve Rastatter was awarded the Benjamin O. Davis Jr. Leadership Award by his squadron commander, 1st ... (click for more)

Sheriff Jim Hammond, Chief Deputy Austin Garrett and the men and women of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office announce that the agency has once again been chosen to be featured on the COPS television ... (click for more)

Hamilton County will celebrate Constitution Day at noon this Friday on the south lawn of the Hamilton County Courthouse. In the event of rain, the ceremony will move to the Courthouse Rotunda. ... (click for more)



Happenings

Civil Air Patrol Member Receives Award

A member of Civil Air Patrol's Choo Choo Senior Squadron for almost three years, 1st Lt. Steve Rastatter was awarded the Benjamin O. Davis Jr. Leadership Award by his squadron commander, 1st Lt. Charles "Ed" Dempsey. The award is named for the aviation pioneer and commander of the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II. As part of the professional development track that leads ... (click for more)

HCSO To Be Featured On COPS Television Show, Season 33

Sheriff Jim Hammond, Chief Deputy Austin Garrett and the men and women of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office announce that the agency has once again been chosen to be featured on the COPS television show. COPS film crews rode with Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office deputies for approximately nine weeks beginning in September 2020 to film Season 33 and captured numerous stories and ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Higher Number Of People Under 50 Dying From COVID-19 In Hamilton County

The Hamilton County Health Department reports an increase in the number of COVID-19 deaths below the age of 50, over the past three months. During the most recent winter surge, four percent of deaths were age 50 or younger. Since the beginning of July, 22 percent of deaths have been below the age of 50. “We extend our sympathy to all of our community members who have lost ... (click for more)

CARTA Bus Drivers Get Nice Bump In Pay As Union Contract Negotiations Are Settled

CARTA bus drivers will be getting almost a $3 per hour pay increase under terms of a new three-year contract between the transit agency and Local 1212 of the Amalgamated Transit Union. Lakecha Strickland, union president, said starting pay will be going from $17.32 an hour to $20.15 for new drivers. After a year, the pay rises to $21.80 and after two years to $23.70. Also, ... (click for more)

Opinion

Thoughts On The County Commission And Redistricting

So they say it's time for redistricting. 'Redistricting' means carving up Hamilton County into nine sections of approximately equal population, right? And, as always, we're promised fairness in the process. But 'equal' is supposedly subject to topography and other unavoidable factors, and it's definitely subject to political whim. And 'fairness' is a very flexible term whose definition ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Obit Calls Out Culprits

The first paragraph of a woman’s obituary in Illinois earlier this month was an eye-opener. “Springfield, IL—Candace Cay (Kruger) Ayers, 66, of Springfield, passed away on September 3, 2021, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, IL. She was preceded in death by more than 4,531,799 others (globally) who were infected with COVID-19. She was vaccinated but was infected by others who ... (click for more)