A research study was conducted to investigate the potential application of Intelligent Vehicle/Highway Systems (IVHS) technologies for reducing accidents on rural roads. After studying existing technologies, their present application to transportation, and approaches to identifying predominant accident characteristics, a prototype Advanced Traveler Information System (ATIS) for a rural region was developed. A significant proportion of all accidents that occur in rural areas are winter related accidents. The situation is aggravated in states, like Utah, that attract many out of state tourists for winter recreational activities. An ATIS is proposed that (1) serves a large region, as opposed to a single corridor, (2) provides pre-trip travel information, as opposed to en route information, and (3) provides current information on road condition. A benefit-cost analysis of the proposed ATIS was conducted. Hardware, software, and labor costs were used to estimate cost of the ATIS. Benefits of the system were savings resulting from reduced accidents. The benefit-cost analysis indicated that the net present value of the ATIS is positive with an overall 2% reduction in winter weather accidents. Furthermore, with a 2% reduction in accidents, the system pays for itself in nine years. Finally, another component of the research effort was to develop a simulation model to track maintenance vehicles such that cost is minimized. The simulation model was tested in a laboratory environment. Further testing is required in a real environment by mounting GPS devices in vehicles and using the model to track vehicles in the mountains during adverse weather.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 102 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00638751
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: MPC Rept No. 93-23
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Nov 4 1993 12:00AM