Side Collision Warning Systems for Transit Buses: Functional Goals

David Duggins, Sue McNeil, Christoph Mertz, Chuck Thorpe, and Teruko Yata
tech. report CMU-RI-TR-01-11, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2001


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Abstract
A collaborative effort involving Carnegie Mellon University, the Port Authority Transit of Allegheny County, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, and the Federal Transit Administration is designing side collision warning systems for transit buses. The development of functional goals or changes to the situation that would help to eliminate or significantly reduce these types of incidents is a critical step in the development of the functional specifications for side collision warning systems for buses. This paper describes the "functional goals" that are based on an analysis of the circumstances and factors that precede and contribute to transit bus incidents. Based on a qualitative assessment of the effectiveness of a side collision warning system and an analysis of the type of incidents addressed by such a system, over 40% of Port Authority Transit incidents may positively impacted by a side collision warning system on transit buses.

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
David Duggins, Sue McNeil, Christoph Mertz, Chuck Thorpe, and Teruko Yata, "Side Collision Warning Systems for Transit Buses: Functional Goals," tech. report CMU-RI-TR-01-11, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2001

BibTeX Reference
@techreport{Duggins_2001_3363,
   author = "David Duggins and Sue McNeil and Christoph Mertz and Chuck Thorpe and Teruko Yata",
   title = "Side Collision Warning Systems for Transit Buses: Functional Goals",
   booktitle = "",
   institution = "Robotics Institute",
   year = "2001",
   number= "CMU-RI-TR-01-11",
   address= "Pittsburgh, PA",
}