Comparison and Evaluation of Roadside Animal Sensing and Driver Warning Systems (NDOT 399-20-803)

Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) and partner agencies have been successful in building wildlife crossing structures and highway fences to reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions. However, for areas with limited NDOT right-of-way or requiring high accessibility, crossing structures and fences are not feasible. Roadside animal detection systems (RADS) are considered to detect animals nearby or on roads and warn motorists to reduce driver speed and increase attentiveness. This project will be a comparative study in real-world field conditions to compare the ability of multiple sensor types (LiDAR, Thermal, Camera/Video, Radar) for rapid detection and correct classification of animals in varied roadside environments. This project will also develop a deployable combination of one or more sensor types alongside roadways with varying conditions, to determine the most cost-effective stand-alone or combination of sensors. To evaluate performance of roadside animal sensing and driver-warning technologies, the project team will integrate the available area-coverage wildlife sensing technologies on the ITS trailer. Data output from each sensor will be processed, validated, and compared in terms of cost, power requirements, installation requirements, communication requirements, range, sensitivity, accuracy, and reliability in different weather conditions.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $299600
    • Contract Numbers:


    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Nevada Department of Transportation

      1263 South Stewart Street
      Carson City, NV  United States  89712

      Federal Highway Administration

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      Nevada DOT Research

      1263 South Stewart St
      Carson City, Nevada  United States  89712
    • Project Managers:

      Simpson, Nova

      Koury, Lucy

    • Performing Organizations:

      University of Nevada, Reno

      1664 N. Virginia Street
      Reno, Nevada  United States  89557

      University of California, Davis

      Department of Environmental Science and Policy
      One Shields Avenue
      Davis, CA  United States  95616

      Arizona Game and Fish Department

      5000 W. Carefree Highway
      Phoenix, AZ  United States  85086
    • Principal Investigators:

      Xu, Hao

      Gagnon, Jeffrey

      Hazlehurst, Tim

      Shilling, Fraser

    • Start Date: 20201116
    • Expected Completion Date: 20231231
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: Transportation, Planning, Research, and Development
    • Subprogram: Research

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01851106
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Nevada Department of Transportation
    • Contract Numbers: P399-20-803
    • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Jul 6 2022 7:05PM