Acoustic hazard detection for pedestrians with obscured hearing

Lee, Justin A. & Rakotonirainy, Andry (2011) Acoustic hazard detection for pedestrians with obscured hearing. IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, 12(4), pp. 1640-1649.

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Pedestrians’ use of mp3 players or mobile phones can pose the risk of being hit by motor vehicles. We present an approach for detecting a crash risk level using the computing power and the microphone of mobile devices that can be used to alert the user in advance of an approaching vehicle so as to avoid a crash. A single feature extractor classifier is not usually able to deal with the diversity of risky acoustic scenarios. In this paper, we address the problem of detection of vehicles approaching a pedestrian by a novel, simple, non resource intensive acoustic method. The method uses a set of existing statistical tools to mine signal features. Audio features are adaptively thresholded for relevance and classified with a three component heuristic. The resulting Acoustic Hazard Detection (AHD) system has a very low false positive detection rate. The results of this study could help mobile device manufacturers to embed the presented features into future potable devices and contribute to road safety.

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ID Code: 48109
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Environmental Sound Recognition, Pedestrian Safety
DOI: 10.1109/TITS.2011.2163154
ISSN: 1524-9050
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Transport Planning (120506)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 IEEE
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Deposited On: 24 Jan 2012 23:01
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2017 19:05

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