EXPLORING THE POTENTIAL BENEFITS OF A MAYDAY SYSTEM: PHASE ONE RESULTS

Run-off-the-road accidents (single vehicle roadway departures - SVRDs) are the most common cause of highway fatalities. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), 6.11 million SVRD accidents were reported during 1991 alone. Rapid response to run-off-the-road and other accidents can help reduce the number of resulting deaths. The Mayday Operation Test is one of the federally sponsored Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) projects currently being conducted in the United States which addresses the emergency notification and personal security ITS user service area. The Mayday project has developed the necessary infrastructure to support an emergency notification system throughout the 12,000 square mile test area of central Colorado. Vehicles can be equipped with a low-cost device which, in the event of an emergency, can transmit essential information in a timely manner to an emergency dispatch center enabling effective response. By reporting locations accurately and immediately, the Mayday operation test equipment is already demonstrating its potential. Soon, 2000 vehicles will be deployed by Mayday, providing drivers with a lifeline to the Colorado State Patrol (CSP).

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  • English

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  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 41-45

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00724719
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 7 1996 12:00AM