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1. (WO2015123669) AERIAL CAMERA SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING ROUTE-RELATED HAZARDS

Pub. No.:    WO/2015/123669    International Application No.:    PCT/US2015/016151
Publication Date: Fri Aug 21 01:59:59 CEST 2015 International Filing Date: Wed Feb 18 00:59:59 CET 2015
IPC: B61L 23/00
B64C 39/02
B64D 47/08
G06T 7/20
Applicants: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: COSTA, Brad, Thomas
SNYDER, Seneca
DUNCAN, Jerry
KRAELING, Mark, Bradshaw
MINER, Michael, Scott
CLOUSE, Shannon, Joseph
AZAM, Anwarul
BLAIR, Matthew, Lawrence
NAITHANI, Nidhi
RAO, Dattaraj, Jagdish
BIND, Anju
CHAKI, Sreyashi, Dey
NELSON, Scott, Daniel
NAPHADE, Nikhil, Uday
CHUNG, Wing, Yeung
BALLESTY, Daniel, Malachi
SHAFFER, Glenn, Robert
KISAK, Jeffrey, James
DIDOMENICO, Dale, Martin
Title: AERIAL CAMERA SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING ROUTE-RELATED HAZARDS
Abstract:
An aerial camera system includes an aerial device disposed onboard a non-aerial vehicle as the non-aerial vehicle moves along a route. The aerial device also can be configured to fly above the route during movement of the vehicle along the route. The camera unit is configured to be disposed onboard the aerial device and to generate image data during flight of the aerial device. The one or more image analysis processors are configured to examine the image data and to identify a hazard disposed ahead of the non -aerial vehicle along a direction of travel of the non-aerial vehicle based on the image data. A method for identifying route-related hazards using image data obtained from a camera unit on an aerial device.