High-Precision GPS Vehicle Tracking to Improve Safety

Commercial Global Positioning System (GPS) devices are being used in transportation for applications including vehicle navigation, traffic monitoring, and tracking commercial and public transit vehicles. The current state-of-practice technology in GPS devices typically has 10-meter accuracy and can properly answer the needs in the above applications. When it comes to safety, where driver behavior is important, new technologies for high-precision (i.e., centimeter-level) mobility detection are required. It is with high-precision GPS traces that safety can be evaluated by identifying when drivers are drowsy or distracted, and anticipating problems before they occur. Through this project, the team will build low-cost high-precision GPS devices, obtain GPS traces by placing the devices on buses, and analyzing the traces to identify driver behavior indicators that could anticipate a safety concern before it occurs.


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  • Status: Completed
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Bhat, Chandra

  • Performing Organizations:

    Data-Supported Transportation Operations and Planning Center

    University of Texas at Austin
    Austin, TX  United States  78701
  • Principal Investigators:

    Duthie, Jennifer

    Humphreys, Todd

  • Start Date: 20150115
  • Expected Completion Date: 20160831
  • Actual Completion Date: 20160831
  • Source Data: 115

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01580153
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Data-Supported Transportation Operations and Planning Center
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC58
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Oct 29 2015 12:11PM