Measuring the impact of social distancing during COVID-19

Measuring the impact of social distancing on Transportation | Public spaces

Written by Patricia La Torre, Public Policy & Partnerships Manager at Humanising Autonomy

Social distancing policies have been put in place to deal with the outbreak of Covid-19. These have an impact on the usage of public spaces, transit and infrastructure incl. curb space and roads. Citizens are being advised not to use public transport, and keep 2m distance on streets, stations, within shops, inside buses, on trains, and on the tube. While these policies are in place, it is useful for public and private stakeholders to understand if and when individuals first started to change their behaviour, if they’re continuing to adhere to the recommendations as the crisis unfolds, and what possible future behaviour changes could be attributed to this major event or if things return to normal.

Humanising Autonomy’s behaviour video analytics software can measure and report the impact of social distancing on people. Analysis of video footage from existing CCTV infrastructure, station cameras and vehicles will help study the behaviours of pedestrians and transport users and create a historical analysis to identify behaviour changes over time. This will help the understanding of behaviour changes, and determine which campaigns or mechanisms were most effective In post pandemic times behaviour analytics can provide insights into how citizens are re-using infrastructure and mobility systems to inform future policy.


Humanising Autonomy provides software to analyse human behaviours in real-time in urban transport scenarios. The Humanising Autonomy Analytics Platform provides automated analysis of pedestrian and passenger behaviour in the cloud. This enables low-cost, efficient detection of relevant data points at scale.

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