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IVBSS Public Meeting, April 25-26

February 19, 2007

Get the scoop on integrated, vehicle-based safety systems (IVBSS)

On April 25-26 at the Eagle Crest Conference Center in Ypsilanti, the U.S. Department of Transportation will host a public meeting to present results from the Integrated Vehicle-Based Safety Systems (IVBSS) program. This new vehicle safety research initiative was launched in late 2005 and is one of the nine first-tier intelligent transportation system (ITS) research initiatives sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration's Joint Program Office.

In this third public meeting of the IVBSS program, members of the U.S. DOT and IVBSS team, led by UMTRI principal investigator Jim Sayer, will summarize results from the first program year, highlight planned activities for the current year, and provide an overview of the planned field operational test. The meeting will include presentations on the light-vehicle and heavy-truck system development process, driver-vehicle interface development, and the development of integrated system functional requirements, performance specifications, and objective tests to verify system performance. Representatives from the U.S. DOT will discuss verification testing and evaluation of the field operational test.

The meeting also will feature outdoor static vehicle displays and computer-based demonstrations of analytical tools developed during the first program year. There will be ample opportunities for meeting attendees, asking questions, and interacting with U.S. DOT and IVBSS program representatives.

For more information, and to register (deadline is April 13), visit the IVBSS meeting webpage.


The IVBSS program is a four-year, two-phase effort carried out by the U.S. DOT, in partnership with a technical team led by UMTRI. The UMTRI team also includes Visteon Corporation, Eaton Corporation, Honda R&D Americas, Inc., Cognex Corporation, Battelle, and the Michigan Department of Transportation.

One of the major goals of the IVBSS program is to work with industry to accelerate the introduction of integrated, vehicle-based safety systems into the U.S. light-vehicle and heavy-commercial vehicle fleets. The integrated safety system being developed and tested as part of the IVBSS program is aimed at reducing the number and severity of rear-end, road-departure, and lane-change/merge crashes.

Under the IVBSS program, three collision-avoidance warning functions will be combined into a single integrated system and evaluated in a field test conducted on public roadways. Volunteers will drive vehicles equipped with the integrated system for several weeks: Lay drivers will use passenger cars as their own vehicle and professional drivers will drive the heavy trucks to carry out their normal daily business. The field test will take place during the third program year and last approximately one year.