Developing a Prototype of a Smart-lighting System for Isolated Rural Intersections

Crashes at isolated intersections are dangerous, and most of the times they result in fatalities. Studies have found that poor lighting plays a significant role in crashes. Since the rural roads have low volume, especially at night, the drivers do not expect other vehicles. Studies conducted in states like Iowa and, Washington found that providing lighting intersection reduces the number of crashes by as much as 33 percent. Since most of Alaska is rural and isolated, the challenges the people in rural areas face are entirely different from those faced by people in urban areas. Since the rural regions have a lower population, they may not have sufficient technical know-how, workforce, or resources to develop and implement safety interventions. Through this proposal, design and development of a smart-lighting system are proposed. The proposed smart-light system is a demand responsive lighting system, which detects the presence of vehicles using sensors. Since Alaska is different from the lower 48 for various reasons, including weather, and long winter nights, it is required to design and develop a smart-lighting system suitable for rural Alaska. Through this project, a smart-lighting system which is tested for both functionality and effectiveness will be developed. Along with it, an implementation guideline, which will enable professionals with limited skill sets in electronics to deploy such a system will also be made. This will help rural agencies and Alaska DOT & PF to deploy the proposed smart-lighting system in large scale economically.


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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Department of Transportation

      Research and Special Programs Administration
      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC    20590

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Principal Investigators:

      Vasudevan, Vinod

    • Start Date: 20190901
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01716143
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Center for Safety Equity in Transportation
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: Sep 13 2019 8:43PM