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CAPC: an implementation of a road-departure warning system

In: Proceedings of the 1996 IEEE International Conference on Control Applications, 1996; DOI: 10.1109/CCA.1996.558926

Authors: R. D. Ervin, Thomas E. Pilutti, Ali Galip Ulsoy, Chiu-Feng Lin, David J. LeBlanc, Robert D. DeSonia, Garth L. Gerber, Paul J. Th. Venhovens, Gregory E. Johnson

The Crewman's Associate for Path Control (CAPC) is an automatic road-departure warning system for motor vehicle drivers. This paper presents the design of, and preliminary field results from, the CAPC prototype vehicle, a modified 1994 Ford Taurus SHO. The CAPC system is intended for highway drivers who are drifting off the roadway at a shallow angle of departure due to inattention, drowsiness, intoxication, or other causes. A camera senses the roadway ahead, and a suite of transducers provide measurements of vehicle motion and driver steering commands. Warning and intervention functions for CAPC have been developed during ongoing research at the University of Michigan.