Inertial Measurement Units-Based Probe Vehicles: Automatic Calibration, Trajectory Estimation, and Context Detection

Most probe vehicle data is generated using satellite navigation systems, such as the Global Positioning System (GPS), Globalnaya navigatsionnaya sputnikovaya Sistema (GLONASS), or Galileo systems. However, because of their high cost, relatively high position uncertainty in cities, and low sampling rate, a large quantity of satellite positioning data is required to estimate traffic conditions accurately. To address this issue, the authors introduce a new type of traffic monitoring system based on inexpensive inertial measurement units (IMUs) as probe sensors. IMUs as traffic probes pose unique challenges in that they need to be precisely calibrated, do not generate absolute position measurements, and their position estimates are subject to accumulating errors. In this paper, the authors address each of these challenges and demonstrate that the IMUs can reliably be used as traffic probes. After discussing the sensing technique, they present an implementation of this system using a custom-designed hardware platform, and validate the system with experimental data.


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  • Accession Number: 01684724
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TLIB, TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 4 2018 2:12PM