The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) recently awarded $12.7 million in Intelligent Vehicle Initiative (IVI) grants and the recipients raised an eyebrow or two. Four research groups will use the IVI grants. Mack Trucks Inc. is leading a partnership that will test in the southeast an infrastructure-assisted warning system that notifies drivers via an in-dash display of possibly dangerous highway zones, such as high accident areas, certain exit ramps and construction zones. Another part of the testing involves an Automatic Collision Notification System that records details before and after an incident, determines the location of the vehicle and then notifies appropriate agencies. In the midwest, Freightliner Corp. will test its Roll Stability Advisor, which uses sensors integrated into a truck's antilock brake system to inform the driver of potentially risky driving. Messages appear on a dash display and are sent with increased urgency as rollover potential increases. Volvo Trucks North America Inc. and the Minnesota DOT lead the two other partnerships. Volvo will test collision warning and advanced braking systems while Minnesota DOT, with the help of Navistar International Transportation Corp., will test a fleet of snowplows equipped with collision warning and lateral guidance.

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  • Authors:
    • Corbett, B
  • Publication Date: 2000-1


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  • Accession Number: 00796979
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-042 983
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 21 2000 12:00AM