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Visibility (Pedestrians)

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Due to the vulnerability of pedestrians, it is imperative that you, as a pedestrian, be aware of how you can make yourself more visible to drivers and ways to act with caution.

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Dangers Pedestrians Visibility

💡 Tips on improving pedestrian visibility

  • See Pedestrians.

  • Best to wear brighter colored clothing or even better, reflective clothing, especially at night.

  • Reflective ankle bands attract more attention because of the movement.

  • Reflective strips can also be placed on cases or bags.

  • Stick to better lit areas.

  • Walk facing oncoming traffic so that you can see any impending danger.

  • Cross at demarcated intersections as motorists are more in expectation of pedestrians in these areas. However, do not assume that if you cross at such an area that you are safe.

  • Do not cut-through traffic as you are less visible.

  • Do not cross the road from a point where you are hidden from view such as behind a bus.

  • Before crossing the road, always first look the side of the road that the vehicles closest to you are approaching from.

  • Children, due to their smaller size, are less visible on the roads.

  • Wearing bright, fluorescent or reflective clothing can help you stand out from the background and make it easier for drivers to see you. This is particularly important during dawn, dusk, and nighttime.

  • You can also use reflective gear such as armbands, vests, or ankle bands that reflect light, making you more visible to drivers.

  • Consider using a flashlight, headlamp, or even a bike light to make yourself more visible, particularly in low-light conditions.

  • When walking in areas with low visibility, stick to well-lit areas such as sidewalks or streets with streetlights.

  • Avoid using your phone, listening to loud music or anything else that might distract you from being aware of your surroundings.

  • When crossing the road or walking near a driver, try to make eye contact to ensure they see you and know that you are crossing.

? What is pedestrian detection?

Pedestrian detection is a technology utilized in advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicles to detect and identify pedestrians in the vicinity of a vehicle. It employs various sensors, such as cameras, radar, lidar, or a combination of these, to detect and track pedestrians in real-time.

The primary goal of pedestrian detection systems is to enhance driver awareness and provide additional safety measures to mitigate the risk of pedestrian-related accidents. Here's an overview of how pedestrian detection systems generally work:

  • Sensor Input: The system uses sensors, such as cameras, radar, or lidar, to capture data about the vehicle's surroundings. Cameras provide visual information, radar uses radio waves to detect objects, and lidar uses laser beams to measure distances and create detailed 3D maps of the environment.

  • Object Detection: The system analyzes the sensor data to identify objects within the field of view. It employs algorithms and machine learning techniques to distinguish pedestrians from other objects like vehicles, cyclists, or roadside structures.

  • Object Tracking: Once a pedestrian is detected, the system tracks their movements over time. This allows the system to predict the pedestrian's path and anticipate any potential risks or collisions.

  • Collision Warning or Intervention: When the system determines that a potential collision with a pedestrian is imminent, it alerts the driver through visual, audible, or haptic warnings. In some advanced systems, it may also initiate automatic braking or other intervention measures to help prevent or reduce the severity of a collision.

Pedestrian detection systems are continuously evolving with advancements in sensor technology and artificial intelligence algorithms. They aim to improve pedestrian safety by providing an additional layer of protection and assisting drivers in avoiding or mitigating accidents involving pedestrians. However, it's important to note that pedestrian detection systems have limitations and may not detect pedestrians in all scenarios or under challenging conditions (e.g., poor visibility, occlusions, or unpredictable pedestrian behavior). Therefore, drivers should remain attentive and vigilant at all times, even when assisted by these systems.

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