ADVANCES TOWARD THE AUTOMATIC HIGHWAY

A CONSIDERABLE IMPROVEMENT IN CAPACITY AND SAFETY CAN BE ACHIEVED BY HIGHWAY AUTOMATION. ONE DESIGN FOR SUCH AUTOMATION, WHICH INVOLVES A DUAL-MODE SYSTEM WHEREBY A VEHICLE IS MANUALLY CONTROLLED ON NONAUTOMATED ROADS AND AUTOMATICALLY CONTROLLED ON AUTOMATED ONES, IS FIRST DESCRIBED. A PROGRESS REPORT ON VARIOUS EXPERIMENTAL STUDIES RELEVANT TO THIS DESIGN IS PRESENTED. THE DIFFICULTIES ASSOCIATED WITH TWO APPROACHES TO VEHICLE AUTOMATIC STEERING ARE DEFINED. A SUGGESTED PARTIAL SOLUTION THAT RESULTED IN SUCCESSFUL VEHICLE AUTOMATIC STEERING AT HIGH SPEEDS ON THE INTERSTATE HIGHWAY IS PRESENTED. A SCHEME FOR AUTOMATIC VEHICLE LONGITUDINAL CONTROL IS OUTLINED, AND TEST DATA FROM LEAD-CAR OVERTAKING AND EMERGENCY BRAKING STUDIES ARE GIVEN. THE RESULTS OF A CONTINUING STUDY OF AUTOMATIC MERGING ARE PRESENTED. AN APPROACH TO IMPROVING THE PERFORMANCE OF THE DRIVER- VEHICLE SYSTEM DURING THE INTERIM PERIOD BETWEEN NON- AUTOMATED AND FULLY AUTOMATED HIGHWAYS IS DISCUSSED. /AUTHOR/

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Paper sponsored by Committee on Vehicle Characteristics and presented at the 50th Annual Meeting.
  • Authors:
    • Fenton, R E
    • Olson, K W
    • Bender, J G
  • Discussers:
    • Lenard, Michael
    • Segel, Lenard
    • Wilkie, Dennis F
  • Publication Date: 1971

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: pp 1-20
  • Monograph Title: Vehicle characteristics
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00223493
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-011 999
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jun 29 1971 12:00AM