A New Focus for Side Collision Warning Systems for Transit Buses

Sue McNeil, Chuck Thorpe, and Christoph Mertz
ITS2000, Intelligent Transportation Society of America's Tenth Annual Meeting and Exposition, May, 2000.


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Abstract
Research and development related to side collision warning systems has been directed at light vehicles and long-haul trucks. In this paper, we present evidence that supports our hypothesis that the side collision warning systems for transit buses are very different as they must focus on detecting pedestrians. This includes a preliminary analysis of pedestrian- bus accident claims data for the Port Authority of Pittsburgh, interviews with bus drivers, and an evaluation of what a driver can actually see. Past research, as well as experience with a collision warning system developed for long-haul trucks and installed on a bus, provides some partial solutions to these problems. A review of relevant literature and an evaluation of existing systems are presented. Based on the results of this preliminary research, a plan for developing a performance specification for a side collision warning systems for buses is presented.

Keywords
Intelligent transportation

Notes
Sponsor: Federal Transit Administration and PennDOT
Associated Center(s) / Consortia: Vision and Autonomous Systems Center
Associated Lab(s) / Group(s): NavLab
Associated Project(s): Side Collision Warning System for Transit Buses

Text Reference
Sue McNeil, Chuck Thorpe, and Christoph Mertz, "A New Focus for Side Collision Warning Systems for Transit Buses," ITS2000, Intelligent Transportation Society of America's Tenth Annual Meeting and Exposition, May, 2000.

BibTeX Reference
@inproceedings{Thorpe_2000_3009,
   author = "Sue McNeil and Chuck Thorpe and Christoph Mertz",
   title = "A New Focus for Side Collision Warning Systems for Transit Buses",
   booktitle = "ITS2000, Intelligent Transportation Society of America's Tenth Annual Meeting and Exposition",
   month = "May",
   year = "2000",
}