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Federal Motor Carrier Safety Adminisration's Advanced System Testing Utilizing a Data Acquisition System on Highways (FAST-DASH) Program

Goal

To conduct a fast turnaround and independent evaluation of promising safety technologies aimed at commercial vehicle operations (CVO).

Background

This project executes the Research and Technology Program’s authorized technology transfer activities for onboard safety systems. A key focus of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is to provide leadership in the testing and evaluation of promising technologies so they can be more rapidly implemented and their potential benefits realized. Moving promising safety technologies from the design stage to the implementation and deployment stages is expected to lead to a reduction in large-truck crashes and their associated injuries and fatalities.

Summary

This program is established with a 5-year cooperative agreement to conduct three technology evaluation studies using naturalistic driving experimentation. The first study assessed a blind spot object detection and warning system and has been completed. The second study, currently underway, is assessing the safety benefits of a kinematics-based driver monitoring and coaching technology. The third study will evaluate a novel mirror design that uses a mathematical algorithm to control the angle at which each point of the mirror reflects light while minimizing visual distortion.  The mirror’s is configured with a subtle curvature that replaces the typical convex mirrors found on commercial vehicles and increases the driver’s indirect field-of-view. The mirror design will be optimized for use on commercial vehicles and then evaluated in a field study to determine the efficacy and safety benefits.

Outcomes

Three technology assessment reports.

Milestones

November 2012     FASTDASH Project #1 (blindspot object detection and warning system) completed
December 2012     FASTDASH Project #2 (driver monitoring and coaching) kicked off
January 2015        FASTDASH Project #2 to be completed
August 2014         FASTDASH #3 kicked off
December 2015     FASTDASH Project #3 to be completed

Funding

$900,000  

Status

The final report for project #1 was published in January 2014 and may be accessed at
http://ntl.bts.gov/lib/51000/51400/51416/FAST-DASH-Concurrence-Package.pdf.

Contractor

Virginia Technical Transportation Institute

Updated: Thursday, January 8, 2015
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