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Wireless Roadside Inspection (WRI) Research Project


To improve safety and the efficient operations of trucks and buses operating on our Nation’s roads and highways by developing, testing, and evaluating a wireless inspection system that is designed to conduct inspections at roadway speeds. Further, the research will support the development of a means by which wireless inspections can contribute to a carrier’s safety score.


The WRI research project is implemented in three phases: Proof of Concept, Pilot Tests, and the Field Operational Test (FOT). The project is currently in Phase III, the FOT, which builds on the recently completed pilot tests. These pilot tests showed that a national system may be feasible but required further refinement of interfaces between government and carrier information systems. The tested system aligns directly with the Agency's Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) initiative as a tool to identify more drivers, vehicles, and carriers using limited resources.


Phase I: Proof of Concept Test–Testing of commercially-available off-the-shelf (COTS) or near-COTS technology to validate the wireless inspection concept.
Phase II: Pilot Test–Safety and inspection technology maturation demonstration, system loading, and back office system integration.
Phase III: FOT–Full end-to-end system testing on multiple vehicles from multiple fleets within a multi-State corridor.


Currently in Phase III, the FOT will:
  • Demonstrate WRI system by modifying an existing telematics system, equipping about 600 trucks with it, and collecting inspection data wirelessly over a 1-year period.
  • Demonstrate carrier, enforcement, and compliance decision-making using WRI interfaces.
  • Demonstrate WRI system instantaneous loading equal to a nationally-deployed system.
  • Provide experience to revise the already existing WRI requirements, concept of operations, and architecture.


August 2007: Phase I completed
November 2011: Phase II completed
December 2017: Phase III and final reports will be completed


FY 2014: $1,105,000
FY 2015: $1,851,000
FY 2016: $760,000

Current Status

The project is currently in Phase III. The FOT is being conducted.


Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Updated: Thursday, March 3, 2016
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