Implementation and Evaluation of a Buried Cable Animal Detection System

This project will assess the performance of a buried cable animal detection system (ADS) under real-world conditions. The ADS that will be evaluated is a buried dual-cable sensor that detects the presence of large- and medium-sized animals and provides data on their location along the length of the cable. The system is designed to mitigate animal-vehicle collisions by detecting animals along the roadside and communicating with a warning system (typically a changeable message sign) that alerts drivers of nearby wildlife. The ADS will be installed along a road in the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Salem District. The study will document the installation and calibration of the ADS; the procedures for and results of a performance evaluation; the evaluation of a driver warning system; and recommendations regarding how these features can be used to ensure adequate performance of the ADS for future installations.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $222521
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Virginia Transportation Research Council

      530 Edgemont Road
      Charlottesville, VA  United States  22903
    • Performing Organizations:

      Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg

      Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
      3500 Transportation Research Plaza
      Blacksburg, VA  United States  24061
    • Principal Investigators:

      Druta, Christian

      Alden, Andrew

    • Start Date: 20160815
    • Expected Completion Date: 20190131
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01607662
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Virginia Department of Transportation
    • Contract Numbers: 109863
    • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Aug 17 2016 8:23AM