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Project Information
Project ID:   FHWA-PROJ-13-0029
Project Name:   Saxton Transportation Operations Laboratory TO-13005: Development of a Platform Technology for Automated Vehicle Research
Project Status:   Active
Start Date:  June 13, 2013
End Date:  April 2, 2015
Contact Information
Last Name:  Lochrane
First Name:  Taylor
Telephone:  202-493-3293
E-mail:  taylor.lochrane@dot.gov
Office:   Office of Operations Research and Development
Team:   Trans Ops Concepts and Analysis Team [HRDO-20]
Laboratory:   Saxton Transportation Operations Laboratory
Project detail
Project Description:   The contractor shall acquire and support the instrumentation of two new vehicles that would enable Federal Highway Administration research staff, and other Saxton Laboratory users, to conduct vehicle performance and system testing at Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center. These new vehicles shall be designed with a cooperative adaptive cruise control system that will enable research to quantify the benefits of this concept. These vehicles are to be designed specifically for Federal Highway Administration to have electronic throttle and braking subsystem controls. This shall provide an experimenter with the ability to control a vehicle's acceleration and deceleration through an onboard controller. Enabling vehicle-to-vehicle communications through cooperative adaptive cruise control will allow researchers to conduct experiments on the benefits of this system.
Goals:  
(1) Develop a design concept for platform technology that enables automated longitudinal control for a fleet of research vehicles.
(2) Design engineering specifications for a platform technology that enables automated longitudinal control for a fleet of research vehicles.
(3) Design instrumentation for and test a platform technology that enables automated longitudinal control for a fleet of research vehicles.
Product Type:   Research report
Test Methodology:   Instrumentation
Expected Benefits:   A platform technology that enables automated longitudinal control for a fleet of research vehicles.
Deliverables:   Report
FHWA Topics:   Research/Technologies--Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC)
TRT Terms:   Cruise Control
Instrumented Vehicles
Vehicle to Vehicle Communications
Operations
Research
Vehicle Performance
Vehicles
FHWA Disciplines:   Operations
Subject Areas:   Vehicles and Equipment
Research
Operations and Traffic Management
Data and Information Technology

 

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