An Example of Quantitative Evaluation of AVCS Safety

by A. Hitchcock, California PATH, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Pacific Rim TransTech Conference: Volume I: Advanced Technologies


A method has been devised for expressing in absolute terms the effect on safety of various features in the design of an AVCS system. It depends on gathering data from different sources and some modelling of vehicle motions in an accident. It is illustrated by an example concerning a postulated one-lane Automated Highway System on the Santa Monica Freeway. If no divider separate the automated lanes from the rest, a particular kind of secondary accidents will result in additional deaths amounting to 4-5 per year.

Subject Headings: Safety | Control systems | Traffic accidents | Intelligent transportation systems | Vehicles | Traffic safety | Motion (dynamics) | Highways and roads

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