Low-Light Collision Scene Reconstruction Using Unmanned Aerial Systems

​May 2018 Final Report - North Carolina Department of Transportation

​After prior work by NCDOT and NCSHP showed that certain UAS can replace 3D scans by Faro for daytime scenes, under what conditions are UAS suitable for low-light collision reconstruction?

Further collaboration with RTI International produced results of a study design and data usefulness assessment. The University of North Carolina at Charlotte  performed an image analysis and the impact of UAS trajectories, sensors, and lighting on reconstructions.

Read the studies and key finding here.


Collision Scene Reconstruction and Investigation

Using Unmanned Aircraft Systems

​In August 2017 The North Carolina Department of Transportation Division of Aviation released a study of the their combined work with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol Collision Reconstruction Unit. 

​"Based on these findings, we believe that time spent at collision sites can be dramatically reduced by using UAS technology, allowing for rapid restoration of traffic flow and the safety of investigative members."​ N.C. State Highway Patrol Collision Reconstruction Unit

Read the study hereto see how suitable UAVs are for replacing 3D scans by the FARO Focus 3D X330 Laser Scanner for daytime scenes.

UAV Aerial Mapping

Aerial Mapping with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles


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