Lane-based estimation of travel time distributions by vehicle type via vehicle re-identification using low-resolution video images

Cheng Zhang, H. W. Ho, William H.K. Lam, Wei Ma, S. C. Wong, Andy H.F. Chow

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Travel time estimation plays an essential role in the high-granular traffic control and management of urban roads with distinct lane-changing conditions among lanes. However, little attention has been given to the estimation of distributions of travel times among different lanes and different vehicle types in addition to their expected values. This paper proposes a new method for estimating lane-based travel time distributions with consideration of different vehicle types through matching low-resolution vehicle video images taken by conventional traffic surveillance cameras. The vehicle type classification is based on vehicle sizes and deep learning features extracted by densely connected convolutional neural networks, and the vehicle re-identification is conducted through a lane-based bipartite graph matching technique. A case study is carried out on a congested urban road in Hong Kong. Results show that the proposed method performs well in estimating the lane-level travel time distributions by vehicle type which can be very helpful for various lane-based and vehicle type-specific traffic management schemes.


  • lane changing behaviors
  • lane-based travel time distribution
  • vehicle re-identification
  • vehicle type
  • video images

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Software
  • Information Systems
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics

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