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Project Information
Project ID:   FHWA-PROJ-09-0062
Project Name:   Innovative Approaches for Next Generation Vehicle Positioning - Phase I
Project Status:   Completed
Start Date:  October 1, 2009
End Date:  March 31, 2013
Contact Information
Last Name:  Arnold
First Name:  James A
Telephone:  202-493-3265
E-mail:  james.a.arnold@dot.gov
Office:   Office of Operations Research and Development
Team:   Trans Enabling Technologies Team [HRDO-10]
Program:   Exploratory Advanced Research
Project detail
Project Description:   This project will be completed in two phases. The initial phase of this project will investigate a range of viable approaches that could provide lane-level positioning accuracy in diverse driving environments, satisfying the needs of accuracy, availability, continuity, and low cost. This initial phase will assess the viability, benefits, limitations, and obstacles for different approaches based on technological, business, and deployment characteristics. The second phase will include the testing of several of the viable approaches. This phase would extend for two years, where prototype systems would be developed and tested that integrate a variety of sensors (e.g., Global Navigation Satellite Systems, inertial, feature-based) along with ground-based radio positioning (e.g., Dedicated Short Range Communications).
Goals:   Define requirements and match with technologies.
More Information URL(s):  
  1. http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/advancedresearch/pubs/13059/13059.pdf
Test Methodology:   Business and technological assessments.
Expected Benefits:   To compare the capabilities--accuracy, reliability, availability, continuity--and deployment costs of next-generation vehicle positioning systems.
Project Findings:   TBD
FHWA Topics:   Road Operations and Congestion--Transportation Management
TRT Terms:   Navigation
Freight Transportation
Global Positioning System
Laser Radar
FHWA Disciplines:   Freight
Subject Areas:   Freight Transportation
Passenger Transportation
Pedestrians and Bicyclists
Public Transportation


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