FMCSA's Research & Development in Truck Parking
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011: 10:30 AM
S320E (Orange County Convention Center )
Description of Paper:
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is the agency in the United States that carries out programs to ensure safety in operating trucks and motorcoaches on public roads. One of the most critical factors in safety is the driver. Driver fatigue is a known cause of fatal large-truck crashes, and contributing to fatigue is the lack of safe, available truck parking. Thus, FMCSA established the SmartPark program in 2004 with the objective of demonstrating Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) technology, to providing real-time information on parking availability to truckers on the road. FMCSA has conducted field operations test on two different, inexpensive technologies: (i) video imaging and (ii) magnetometry. FMCSA will be conducting a third field operations test on light curtain-Doppler radar combination technology.