Virtual Barriers for Mitigating and Preventing Run-off Road Crashes Year 4

During the completion of the three-year Mid-America Transportation Center (MATC) Smart Barrier project conducted at NTC's Midwest Roadside Safety Facility (MwRSF), several state departments of transportation (DOTs) and the Ontario Good Roads Association indicated a strong interest in applying research findings and techniques from the initial study to state DOT datasets and connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) wireless communication platforms. In particular, by using the MATC Smart Barrier final results, the Modified Discrete Road Curvature (MDRC) method, roads can be simply and accurately represented with much less data processing and storage needs than lidar-based maps, less robust connectivity requirements than geopositioning systems like real-time kinetic (RTK) Global Positioning System (GPS) systems, and fewer sensitivities to environmental conditions like rain, snow, fog, and darkness. By coordinating with U.S. and international agencies, MwRSF researchers intend to implement MATC research project findings into real-world prototypes and facilitate better adoption and integration of findings into state DOTs nationwide. Researchers will develop software to rapidly extract critical road data, standardize data format for ease of integration into state DOT and international road data formats, and develop a user guide for rapidly generating the road data matrix using MDRC method to represent real roadways. The method and software will be implemented to digitize selected road corridors.


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    • Status: Completed
    • Funding: $236497
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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
    • Managing Organizations:

      Mid-America Transportation Center

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

      Stearns, Amy

    • Performing Organizations:

      University of Nebraska, Lincoln

      Midwest Roadside Safety Facility
      2200 Vine Street, Whittier Building
      Lincoln, NE  United States  68583-0853
    • Principal Investigators:

      Stolle, Cody

      Jacome, Ricardo

      Faller, Ronald K

    • Start Date: 20200901
    • Expected Completion Date: 20210831
    • Actual Completion Date: 20230731
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program
    • Source Data: RiP Project 91994-70

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01778635
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Mid-America Transportation Center
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747107
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: Aug 3 2021 11:17PM