The Pittsburgh Port Authority outfitted 100 buses with a collision avoidance system at a cost of approximately $2,600 per vehicle.
The sensors are set to detect obstacles in close proximity to the bus and to warn drivers of potential collisions that would be found in a transit operating environment (narrow streets, tight intersections, high pedestrian population). Most commercial collision warning systems are geared for trucks and light vehicles operating at higher speeds and more open spaces.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation provided $950,000 to fund the demonstration project and field testing. The Federal Transit Administration is providing $960,000 to Carnegie Mellon for continued research and development of more advanced sensors and driver notification/display systems.
Pittsburgh Port Authority (PAT) to test 'smart' buses
Author: Grata, Joe
Published By: Post-Gazette
Source Date: 5 April 2001
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