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IVBSS Heavy-Truck Field Operational Test Launch

February 2, 2009

UMTRI begins testing crash-warning system for commercial trucksUMTRI has begun field testing an integrated crash-warning system installed in commercial trucks of Ann Arbor-based Con-way Freight.

The testing is part of the Integrated Vehicle-Based Safety System (IVBSS) program, a cooperative agreement with the U. S. Department of Transportation. The IVBSS technology fully integrates multiple crash-warning features, including forward collision, lane departure, and lane change-merge warning systems into the commercial-truck platform. It provides drivers with situational awareness of the vehicle's surroundings and warns drivers when they are about to inadvertently leave the roadway, are in danger of colliding with another vehicle while attempting a lane change or are at risk of colliding with the vehicle ahead.

IVBSS uses information gathered by inertial, video and radar sensors, plus a global positioning system, to warn drivers of potentially dangerous situations to prevent or lessen the severity of crashes. UMTRI will launch similar testing of systems for passenger cars in April.

"We're excited to launch the field operational test," said Jim Sayer, IVBSS program director and UMTRI researcher. "After more than two years of research, development and verification testing of the integrated system, it's gratifying to see the system functioning as part of Con-way Freight's fleet. We are optimistic that the testing will demonstrate the safety benefits of integrating multiple crash-warning systems."

For more information, read the University of Michigan News Service press release.