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1745

Our local community would like to count how many vehicles are using our single track rural road (high hundreds at peak time).

Looking for simple robust solution.

Apologies if posted in wrong forum, into ebikes, polytunnels and simple hydroponics, all linked to small solar power, now Arduino comes along and just do not have time to do it all plus 2 jobs.

Solution is to dig into my pocket and give money to get solution, or wait for local bureaucracy to help which will take up so much of my time and my well-being. I have ordered up Arduino Uno just to self learn, every day should be a school day.

Hope that gives enough information for someone to take up this gig, wanting to put something back in.

Thank you

patduino

Hi 1745,

Welcome, and yes -- this is the right forum for your request. 

Are you looking for a unit with a display or a connected computer (wire, RF)?  Also since this is a "rural" road, how do you plan to power it?

Pat.
There are 10 types of people in the world, those who understand binary, and those that don't.

1745

Drive on road daily, not a "rural" road like a dirt track, its a Scottish rural road which means badly maintained with passing places which visitors park up in and we end up with grid lock due to lack of respect and common sense.

Battery power.

Data retrieved by opening box up, blue tooth, WiFi

Just learnt about Arduino when we started to see if we could log vehicle usage, seems ideal match, time and learning curve to self learn is an option, but would mean giving something else up or dig into my pocket, basically I am buying time and knowledge if affordable.   

jarnoldbrown

Hi there quarter to six,

What type of sensor are you thinking of? One of those rubber pipe things that are fixed to the road? Opto?
Something else?

1745

Seen a simple design using a rubber pipe, good option, simple to build, but putting a physical "object" on road would need "approval"

Laser not an option as the beam could be classed as a danger.

OK I know what I do not want to use, fantastic simple designs out there to do so much, I am sure there is a simple solution, counting moving objects can not be that difficult. Willing to be proved wrong.

Simple counter to begin with, through development stages add time and date stamp and even linking it to a weather station.

Talk can be done by anyone, so a simple counter would be the first step. Many thanks for the input, its directing me to a positive result.
 

jarnoldbrown

You might consider this:
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/5pcs-4-28V-100mA-RCWL-0516-Microwave-Radar-Sensor-Switch-Module-Body-Induction/391825935772?_trkparms=aid%3D555018%26algo%3DPL.SIM%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20140122125356%26meid%3D6ca25ef02b9540a482394d3840b7b261%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D10%26sd%3D122432080819%26itm%3D391825935772&_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851

It will, of course, respond to pedestrians, highland cows etc., but so will most methods. If you can't lay the rubber pipe, then I think the radar module is a good thing to check out.

Do you have WiFi access? I expect not. GSM? 3G?

1745

Thank you
Depends where the counter is to get access to WiFi and or 4GEE, everyone's input is greatly appreciated, got someone from the community to design a simple counter to start with, got to say Arduino has blown my mind in what it can do, got to be realistic and concentrate on my other projects and accept the way forward on this one is to spend money if I want results. Thank you all again. 

wvmarle

A pressure tube across the street is the most common way of measuring traffic flow.
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cedarlakeinstruments

Honestly, I think one of the most underrated benefits of the popularity of Arduino is that a large number of non-technical people now have a better understanding of just how much work goes into designing a working product.
Electronics and firmware/software design and assistance. No project too small

jarnoldbrown

A pressure tube across the street is the most common way of measuring traffic flow.
That was ruled out in post #4

patduino

I'm working with the OP on a LiDAR solution.
There are 10 types of people in the world, those who understand binary, and those that don't.

Paul_KD7HB

I'm working with the OP on a LiDAR solution.
Remember when you were a kid and jumped up an down on the rubber tube across the road? Kids will do that with anything you design!

Paul

jarnoldbrown

Remember when you were a kid and jumped up an down on the rubber tube across the road? Kids will do that with anything you design!

Paul
This is a rural Scottish lane. I doubt there will be any kids...

jimLee

Ultra sonic distance sensor. Cheap, and simple as falling off log to use. Put it in a mailbox with a hole in the end. Run the data into an SD card so your leaning curve is smaller and faster than dealing with WiFi.

-jim lee
PNW Ardiuno & Maker club
1012 9Th Street, Anacortes, WA 98221 (Around the back of building)

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