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Usage of Traffic Cameras to detect traffic accidents and to provide data

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000231049D
Publication Date: 2013-Sep-24
Document File: 2 page(s) / 32K

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Accurate data is required by insurance companies and police departments to assess causes and to assign responsibilities when traffic accidents occur. Current methods rely on eye witnesses or on the people involved in the accident. These methods are very subjective and prone to error. This idea proposes a service which would provide traffic accident reporting information (such as video of directly before, during and after the accident; license plate information of those involved; potential witnesses) to insurance companies and law enforcement officials to help resolve claims. It would be accomplished by leveraging the existing intersection traffic camera infrastructure to detect traffic accidents and identify/record information about the accident and the vehicles involved.

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Usage of Traffic Cameras to detect traffic accidents and to provide data

Accurate data is required by insurance companies and police departments to assess causes and to assign responsibilities when traffic accidents occur.  Current methods rely on eye witnesses or on the people involved in the accident.  These methods are very subjective and prone to error. This idea proposes a service which would provide traffic accident reporting information (such as video of directly before, during and after the accident; license plate information of those involved; potential witnesses) to insurance companies and law enforcement officials to help resolve claims. It would be accomplished by leveraging the existing intersection traffic camera infrastructure to detect traffic accidents and identify/record information about the accident and the vehicles involved.

The use of traffic cameras and surveillance cameras is becoming very widespread.  The technology to capture, transmit and analyze traffic data is very sophisticated and continues to improve.  This idea proposes using the traffic violation infrastructure to continuously pan intersections and to record traffic accidents when they occur so that there is a digital video record leading up to and subsequent to the accident.  These images can be electronically analyzed and can be made part of the official accident report to augment, and possibly to substantiate, or refute, eyewitness accounts.  The higher level of accuracy of the cameras can reduce expensive legal costs in contentious accident cases.  Cameras can also be used to track the path of vehicles involved in some hit and run accidents.

This idea is about a business opportunity to provide a new service using some of the equipment and other infrastructure that we already have.  The idea is to capture accident related video data with traffic cameras, and to make that data available, for a fee, to insurance companies.  The data will be available to law enforcement agencies for free or for a minimal charge.

Traffic cameras have been placed at select intersections to identify people who go through traffic signals illegally.  The cameras record the event along with vehicle information and a citation is automatically generated and mailed to the vehicle owner.  Some cameras shoot still pictures and others use video.  This proposal would require upgrading cameras, servers and networks to handle video.

Vehicles running red lights or stop signs are a major cause of accidents.  Since intersections are continuously monitored, it would be possible to capture video leading up to and directly following an accident.  Continued monitoring under specific situations to see if there appear to be injuries, indications of road rage or other pertinent information i...