Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Road Sensors Could Aid Autonomous Driving

Volvo is continuing its work on autonomous vehicle technology with a research project that involves the use of magnets to keep self-driving cars on the road. In the 1990s, scientists Dr. Pravin Varaiya, Nortel Networks distinguished professor at Cal and former Director of PATH, and, Dr. Amine Haoui and Dr. Robert Kavaler, researched a solution using in-ground wireless sensors. ITS applications rely on traffic flow sensors to provide vehicle detection; incident detection; ramp metering data; real-time traffic adaptive signal control; roadway volume and vehicle classification archival and planning data; and data for traveler, commercial, and emergency information services. The success of these ITS applications depends largely on the proper design, installation, and maintenance of sensor components.

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