IVI Lane Assist System for Bus Rapid

This research will focus on bus rapid transit system (BRT) requirements for lane assist technology to support transit operations in narrow lanes. Initial research will build upon and expand current research and development already occurring on other intelligent vehicle initiative (IVI) platforms. Lane assistance technology increases the safety of BRT vehicles operating in a unique environment, such as the narrow lane or bus shoulder lane. A lane assist system is expected to integrate the sensor system, steering controller, steering actuator, driver interface, roadside-to-vehicle communication system, and system diagnostics. The technology stems from research on intelligent vehicles and automated highway systems. The project will develop a set of guidelines based on the BRT community's need, the technology currently available, and the human factors requirements for safe implementation of these systems. Fiscal Year 2001 funding is the first part of an overall $400,000 program, to be completely funded in FY 2002. IVI is improving safety under three conditions: normal driving conditions, degraded driving conditions, and imminent crash conditions. Project is funded under the National ITS Program, administered by the Department's ITS Joint Program Office.