Currently, video-based traffic systems mainly use monotracking because it is difficult to interlink multiple sensors and their data. Nevertheless, this sensor fusion could be the path of the future, especially when combining different sensors whose strengths complement each other. The radar's range could be supplemented by the camera's sharp vision, thereby eliminating classic radar errors such as ghosting, or the laser's accurate measurement could support the camera's detection capabilities. The possibilities seem limitless.
What makes video-based traffic technology itself so interesting as a future technology are two things:
First, its innovation potential. For developers, it is an affordable technology with lower entry barriers compared to others, which encourages creative problem solving. This is a great opportunity and makes the solution class extremely sustainable.
Secondly, the comparatively low investment it requires for acquisition and implementation, coupled with the also resulting faster ROI. This is particularly interesting for smaller municipalities, where red light enforcement, for example, was previously difficult to refinance. The possibility of as-a-service models and the ease of optimization provided by the softwarization also contribute to the economical viability of the video-based solution.
This new affordability of traffic enforcement enables more states and municipalities to utilize it, and that in turn supports a comprehensive realization of the traffic transition on the one hand, as well as an across-the-board increase in traffic safety on the other – making a critical contribution to Vision Zero.