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Commercial Motor Vehicle Roadside Technology Consortium (CMVRTC)


To test, evaluate, and showcase innovative safety technologies under real-world conditions along a series of specially equipped testing facilities at weigh stations to accelerate the deployment of roadside safety technologies to improve commercial truck and bus safety.


This project executes the Research and Technology Program's technology transfer functions for roadside safety systems. The Commercial Motor Vehicle Roadside Technology Corridor (CMVRTC) will be available to test any procedure or information system that can potentially improve truck and bus safety. The lab will be guided by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) with input from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and various stakeholders. ORNL will manage and operate the CMVRTC for FMCSA. A technical working group comprised of FMCSA, ORNL, and project partners will oversee individual tests.


The work plan for the CMVRTC contains four key areas of research:

  • Manage and coordinate all CMVRTC activities.
  • Provide technical support for the FMCSA Southern Service Center "Technology in Motion" outreach vehicle.
  • Conduct Wireless Roadside Inspection (WRI) technical management, testing, and support activities as defined in the WRI work breakdown structure (WBS).
  • Conduct special studies and technology testing at the CMVRTC.


Technical reports and field effectiveness data on various roadside technologies and performance specifications on proven technologies.


2006: Commercial Vehicle Inspection System.

2007: Inspection Selection System.

2007 - 2009: Smart Infrared Inspection System.

2008 - 2011: WRI Proof of Concept/Pilot Test.

2009: Performance-Based Brake Tester Analyses.

2011: Infrared-Based Screening System (IBSS).

2012 - 2017: WRI Field Operational Test.




Currently running a study on the performance of two IBSSs in Tennessee to determine if any modifications are required for the proposed performance specifications.


Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Updated: Thursday, January 8, 2015
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