AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES: FDOT teams with university to study AV applicability to road inspection

Researchers from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University have jumped on board the initiative

Transportation Management News November 23, 2015
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Researchers from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University have jumped on board the initiative

A team of researchers from the College of Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Daytona Beach campus have begun a 14-month research project for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to determine the viability of using autonomous vehicles for the inspection of roadways, line painting, and roadside trimming and mowing.

 

FDOT’s Florida Automated Vehicles program was developed to research and pilot projects with university and industry partners, with the ultimate goal to find a way to improve operational safety and reduce associated operating and maintenance costs.

 

“This project investigates the sensing requirements needed to make these autonomous vehicles as safe as possible before they are tested on Florida roadways,” said Embry-Riddle principal investigator Eric Coyle, assistant professor of mechanical engineering.

 

Daytona Beach-based Embry-Riddle is a research center that partners with the aerospace industry, other universities and government agencies.

 

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