Arrive Alive

Using the Drone for Accident Investigation and Road Safety

We are very happy to report that we have upgraded our drone camera/gimbal system once again and we are now able to take much better aerial photographs of scenes.

In an effort to show the evolution, we would like to show the following images, as a comparison between Google Earth, our first camera image quality and the current technology, as follows:

For those of you who have not seen it - this is what the drone looks like (old Camera installed):

This shows some of the inner workings of the drone. The white dot is the GPS receiver and the little bog the digital controller. There is another component that is the G-Force-reactive stabilizer that is not shown. This will essentially ensure that the drone remained "balanced and in controlled flight."

This is the first camera iteration we used (a GoPro). While rugged and easy to operate, it lacked night-time operating capability, was of poorer quality (video) and was not responding well to vibration.

The drone is capable of flights at up to over 1 Km high (from where it is launched) , flies for over 15 minutes on a single charge and can carry approximately 2Kg of equipment. 

It has a direct (live) Video Link (for remote observation) with an equal range (over 1Km) used to control, orient, point and actuate the on-board camera.

It is GPS-linked, which means it can be "parked" in the sky where it will remain (GPS locked) until the batteries run out or until we return it home.

If the Control signal is lost or battery levels fall below a pre-programmed level (for any reason), the unit will "Return home" (to the position where it was launched from on the current flight) and land itself.

This is the "control equipment" used to deploy the drone (remote control, Video Link Hardware, Apple MACBook Air):

Here are the comparative examples of the "old versus new" technologies:

This is a scene that was filmed from about 1Km high, on the N3, outside Durban
(using the first camera technology we had). As you can see -

it is substantially better than Google Earth, but the altitude meant a slight loss in detail.
But the CURRENT elements (positions marked, tyre marks, etc) can be clearly seen.

This is the Google Earth Image for a scene we did for the Brits SAPS (where three young ladies and a motorcyclist burnt to death).

This is a typical example of what we would have used as a backdrop (scaled reference image) for our scene drawings.
It works, but lacks details and CURRENT elements (marks, etc) are never visible.

This is the same scene filmed with the drone. This was done using the new (bigger) drone, with the old camera system installed (stills taken from Full HD Video).
This would be considered an exceptional example of what the drone can do and relevant CURRENT elements can be seen clearly.
You will also immediately see that this is much better than any Google Earth Image currently available.

Then this is an example of the capabilities of the drone with the new (current) camera system.
Please note that this is a HUGE scene (over 150m wide), so some detail is lost because the image size has been reduced to facilitate easier mailing.

This has greatly enhanced our technical capacity and we are proud to announce that the unit is now fully operational.

Stanley S Bezuidenhout
Forensic Road Transport and Risk Expert
Crash Guys International
www.crashguys.info

Download the Drones UAS Paper Below:

Also View:

Accident Investigation

Choose an Accident Investigator

Motorcycle Accident Scene Investigations and Road Safety

Loading...

Search Road Safety Articles

Latest Pages

Lighting and Safe Driving

Lighting and Safe Driving

Introduction This is a highly simplified article of a much more complex field of interest with a lot of comparative evaluation between certain lighting technologies. This should not be used as a platform for design, engineering or legal argument. It is intended and written for information purposes

Read More

How do Seatbelts Save Lives?

How do Seatbelts Save Lives?

How do Seatbelts Save Lives? The Mechanics of a Seatbelt Explained When you use the word seatbelt, people often think only of the "webbing." The black (or another colour) strap you pull across your lap and chest. But there is more to this amazing invention than a mere belt to hold you

Read More

Vehicle Modifications, Alterations and Road Safety

Vehicle Modifications, Alterations and Road Safety

Manufacturers deliver vehicles which cater for the average driver and have settings that will provide the best (erring on the conservative) in terms of longevity, economy, ride comfort, performance. That satisfies most drivers but some, quite possibly because they can’t find/afford a “performance”

Read More

How to Choose an Accident Investigator

How to Choose an Accident Investigator

When fleet operators experience the horror of one of their assets being involved in a serious accident, involving a loss of life and/or serious spills or stock losses, they are often forced to procure the services of a contractual accident investigator under less than ideal circumstances. In the midst

Read More

Speed Enforcement In Security Estates

Speed Enforcement In Security Estates

A worrying new trend has started in many parts of South Africa and has proliferated about as silently as the approach of winter: Security Estates have started buying speed measuring devices (speed cameras) of varying kinds and have started enforcing speed limits and “issuing fines” inside

Read More

Airbags and Vehicle Occupant Safety

Airbags and Vehicle Occupant Safety

Wearing seatbelts is the Law for all vehicle occupants! Buckling up is simply the best way to protect both drivers and passengers. This is a message we will continue to emphasise in every road safety campaign across all the possible mediums available. Safety inside the vehicle is also increased through

Read More

Load More Pages

Partners

View All