Route Ahead Visibility Mapping: A method to model how far ahead a motorist may view a designated route

Phil Bartie, Mark P. Kumler

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Abstract

We examine how visibility analysis may be used to calculate the extent of the route ahead visible to a motorist. To do this a Digital Surface Model sourced from a LiDAR dataset is used, which includes building and vegetation profiles as well as topography. Once the route has been designated the visibility along the path is modelled, in the direction of travel, from the driver's viewpoint. The visibility analysis considers all surrounding objects during the calculation, but reports only how far ahead the route may be viewed, and not the total landscape area visible. The map accompanying the article shows the results from using this method for a route in Christchurch, New Zealand, from which we identify a number of interesting results along the route. This method may be used such that navigational devices customise announcements to the most opportune times when the driver's workload is minimal and decision points are in view, rather than at predefined distances. It could also be used to notify the driver of the safest overtaking locations or those areas of limited visibility.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-95
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Maps
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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