Journal of Planning Education and Research
The monitoring of pedestrian activity is challenging, primarily because its traffic levels are typically lower and more variable than those of motorized vehicles. Compared with other on-the-ground observation tools, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) could be suitable for counting and mapping pedestrians in a reliable and efficient way. Thus, this study establishes and tests a new method of pedestrian observation using UAVs. The results show that UAV observations demonstrate high levels of interrater reliability (intraclass correlation coefficient = 0.99) and equivalence reliability (Cronbach’s α = .97 with on-the-ground counts and .73 with Google Street View). Practical implications of the new tool are discussed.
Park, Keunhyun, and Ewing, Reid. “The Usability of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for Pedestrian Observation.” Journal of Planning Education and Research, 2018, pp. 1-34. https://doi.org/10.1177/0739456X18805154