AN ADVANCED LASER-BASED TRACKING DEVICE FOR MOTOR VEHICLE LANE POSITION MONITORING AND STEERING ASSISTANCE

Award Information
Agency: Department of Transportation
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 14692
Amount: $49,849.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1991
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Aerometrics Inc
550 Del Rey Ave, Unit A, Sunnyvale, CA, 94086
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr William Bachalo
 President
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Abstract
THE PROPOSED DEVICE ALLOWS THE DETECTION, IDENTIFICATION ANDTRACKING OF ALL TYPES OF EXISTING ROADWAY PAVEMENT DELINEATORS. THE INFORMATION WILL PROVIDE LATERAL POSITION SENSING. THE CONCEPT OF ROADWAY LANE POSITIONING IS NOT NEW, BUT RECENT IMPROVEMENTS IN DIODE LASERS AND SOLID STATEDETECTORS PROVIDE THE MEANS TO FINALLY IMPLEMENT A WORKABLE SENSOR. THE PROPOSED OPTICAL SENSOR WILL BE COMPACT, INEXPENSIVE, ROBUST AND RELIABLE. THE PROPOSED SENSOR SHOULD FIND IMMEDIATE APPLICATION AS A WARNING DEVICE TO ALERT DRIVERS OF VEHICLES DRIFTING OUT OF LANE. THE SAFETY IMPLICATIONS OF DRIVER FATIGUE, DROWSINESS AND IMPAIRED OPERATION WILL BE ADDRESSED THROUGH THIS WARNING FEATURE. FURTHER DEVELOPMENT AND REFINEMENT WILL PERMIT THE SENSOR TOACT AS A STEERING ASSIST, RELIEVING THE DRIVER OF THE TEDIOUS JOB OF CONTINUALLY MONITORING LANE POSITION. A FINAL IMPLEMENTATION WOULD BE A SENSOR THAT PROVIDES STEERING CONTROL FOR THE FULLY AUTOMATED HIGHWAY CONCEPT.

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