Artificial IntelligenceFebruary 20th 2023

The Ultimate Guide to DriveThru Camera Placement

Written by Team Wobot

The Ultimate Guide to DriveThru Camera Placement


An impactful meal-in-a-minute service infers the right analytical equipment and efficient employees. However, the efficiency of employees can get hampered at times, due to incorrect inputs from surveillance devices. But why does it happen?

Well, the most common answer is - wrong camera placement or a malfunctioning camera.

We are sure that you do not want any of the above to affect your DriveThru. Video intelligence is a widely accepted part of almost every business now, but it holds a special significance in action-oriented activity.

It motivated us to come up with a full-fledged guide to solve all your queries about a DriveThru camera placement and how amicably helps you do it.

Why is Correct Camera Placement important?

The right camera placement imparts -

Precision in monitoring the arriving cars

Accuracy in linking order number to the right vehicle

Much-needed time to prepare food to avoid last-minute errors

Keep a balanced momentum in the kitchen.

A smart watcher during a DriveThru is like a best friend always beside you!

Wait-Time is the top priority for consumers in a DriveThru. Thus, it is a matter of no suspense that people do not like to wait. It does not end midway as the importance of camera placement directly implies the question "How to do it?"

How to Execute DriveThru Camera Placement Rightly?

An optimal setup of cameras can help upgrade the quality of detections, and thereby improve the results significantly.

Here are a few tips to ensure the best camera placement at your DriveThru:

Vehicles captured by cameras should not be in top-view mode

The vehicles in the frame should not take up more than 30% of the frame

Headlights, wheels, bumpers, and other features should be clearly visible to aid in detection

Adjust the camera's orientation so that it is parallel to the ground plane

The path that the vehicle will take to reach the next station should be clearly visible Camera Features

You must be wondering "what type of cameras would meet all the given requirements for my DriveThru? and where to get them from?"

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A few fundamental components are required for producing the best outputs. These include:

  • The camera itself, such as the resolution, IR capabilities, etc.
  • Camera setup, such as the angle of placement, zoom/pan, etc.

Mentioned below are a few best practices that can significantly enhance the quality of the output

Camera distance for better accuracy

Minimize distance making it easier for the camera to focus without having to zoom

Minimum Camera Resolution

2MP Along with a Minimum Resolution of 1280x720 Pixels

Sufficient Infrared for Night-time Viewing

Ensure cameras are equipped with IR capabilities for good night-time viewing

Camera Configuration Settings

Adjust camera lighting and configure parameters like exposure, backlight, and image enhancement for the best results

Camera Mounting

Install cameras securely and ensure they are not loose

Zoom Level

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Ensure optimal zoom to avoid image blurriness

Camera Angle to Improve Detections

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The camera setup can be positioned in two ways in terms of angle - OR Position the camera at a maximum angle of 45° for proper detection in both cases.

Camera Lighting

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Avoid getting an overexposed or underexposed image. Adjust the shutter speed of your camera for best results.

Shutter Speed Settings (wherever available)

When it is bright - Set the shutter speed to 1/5000 of a second

At night - Set the shutter speed to 0.75 to 1 second

For License Plate Recognition (LPR)


To avoid capturing unnecessary content in the image, the camera should be in a higher position to capture only the front part of the vehicle. The camera side angle deviation should also be within 15 degrees.

Use the camera’s zoom feature, to zoom in or out. If that is not sufficient, see if the camera itself can be repositioned closer to or further from the capture area.

Try to avoid placing the camera where it can be subjected to direct sunlight or reflections.

Visible shadow edges in the camera view may degrade the recognition accuracy. Installing the camera with a vehicle frontal view is always recommended.

The captured image should be filled with the full width of the vehicle.

Vehicle Occlusion

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Vehicle occlusion occurs when the vehicle's detection is obstructed by external factors. Vehicles should not be occluded by more than 70% during their wait period at the stations.


DriveThru is an action-calling and highly promising set-up. Mistakes have a little scope there and everything is so lively that it caters to numerous consumers.

We are sure that you would surely benefit from this guide showing how the camera amazingly fits your requirements.

Satisfied customers = Successful DriveThru

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