Automated extraction of traffic information from satellite imagery

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The increased availability of high resolution remote sensing
imagery has opened up for new opportunities for road
traffic monitoring applications. Vehicle detection from
satellite images has a potential ability to cover large
geographical areas and can provide valuable additional
information to traditional ground based equipment. This is
especially the case for remote rural roads where ground
based counting can be both expensive and difficult. In this
paper we present a solution for satellite-based traffic counts intended for such roads. The solution, which is currently under development, aims at covering all steps necessary in the process of extracting this information, and several novel approaches have been developed to achieve this.