Development of ATMA/AIPV Deployment Guidelines Considering Traffic and Safety Impacts

Autonomous Truck Mounted Attenuator/Impact Protection Vehicle (ATMA/AIPV) is a quickly emerging technology and is expected to bring considerable potentials in transportation infrastructure maintenance by removing drivers from the risk. The system includes a lead truck (LT), a follow truck (FT), a truck mounted attenuator (TMA) installed on the FT, and a leader-follower system that enables the FT to drive autonomously and follow the LT. While exciting technology is being developed and shows promising benefits in roadway maintenance, what’s not well studied is the impacts of such autonomous system to traffic operation and roadway safety, and subsequently how should DOT develop deployment strategies with those aspects taken into consideration. To bridge this important gap, this project aims to study the associated critical research questions, and in the end develop a practical software tool that takes in DOT inputs such as roadway network GIS shapefile, traffic counts and ATMA/AIPV system characteristics, and outputs a set of recommended deployment strategies, including the roadway maintenance sequence, staffing plan and needed resource, potential impacts to the traffic network and any suggested traffic management plan to ensure a smooth and safe traffic flow while effectively maintaining the roadway facilities.

    Language

    • English

    Project

    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $185144
    • Contract Numbers:

      69A3551747107

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Mid-America Transportation Center

      University of Nebraska-Lincoln
      2200 Vine Street, PO Box 830851
      Lincoln, NE  United States  68583-0851

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      Mid-America Transportation Center

      University of Nebraska-Lincoln
      2200 Vine Street, PO Box 830851
      Lincoln, NE  United States  68583-0851
    • Performing Organizations:

      Missouri University of Science & Technology, Rolla

      Department of Engineering
      202 University Center
      Rolla, MO    65409
    • Principal Investigators:

      Hu, Xianbiao

    • Start Date: 20191213
    • Expected Completion Date: 20201231
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01738467
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Mid-America Transportation Center
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747107
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: Feb 11 2020 10:01AM