CONCEPTUALIZATION OF THE FUTURE HIGHWAY MAINTENANCE VEHICLE

The universal challenges facing governmental agencies today are to increase productivity and quality, and to be more environmentally friendly. This comes at a time when road users are requiring more independence and an increased level of service for winter driving. The snow and ice control operations provide an environment that will benefit from utilization of advanced technology. In recognition of this potential, the state DOTs of Iowa, Michigan, and Minnesota have formed a consortium to support a project that will define vehicle and equipment requirements, develop and evaluate a prototype vehicle, and produce vehicles for fleet evaluation. The Center for Transportation Research and Education, Iowa State University, is providing staff support to the project. A key element of this project is the inclusion of private sector partners in the consortium. The approach that is being pursued is defined in three phases: (1) description of the functions and a financial evaluation; (2) prototype development and evaluation; and (3) a comprehensive fleet evaluation. The first phase will identify concepts, define the functional requirements, develop high level designs, and perform a cost effectiveness analysis. During the second phase of the project, manufacturers, systems integrators, and the consortium will develop one prototype concept vehicle (or possibly one for each consortium state) which will be evaluated against the performance criteria. In phase three, several vehicles will be built for fleet evaluation. It is likely that these vehicles will be standard design maintenance vehicles with advanced technology systems incorporated into them. The project schedule is driven by the winter months and the need to have the prototype and fleet vehicles available during that time for winter maintenance operations evaluations. The schedule is to have a prototype vehicle ready for testing during the winter of 1996-1997, and fleet vehicles available for the winter of 1997-1998.

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  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 14p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00722635
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Preprint G-1
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jun 25 1996 12:00AM