First publishedin ITS International
Royal Truck & Equipment, has unveiled the Colorado Department of Transportation
(CDoT) autonomous attenuator truck, along with partners at Colas UK and Micro Systems.
Designed to improve safety for roadway maintenance crews in work zones, these vehicles are usually positioned behind road construction crews in order to protect workers from the travelling public. In this case the truck is autonomous and therefore increases work zone safety by removing the driver from a truck that is designed to be hit.
The new truck travels behind a manned maintenance vehicle which transmits its position, speed and direction to enable the Autonomous Impact Protection Vehicle to follow the lead vehicle’s exact path and is fitted with a radar obstacle detection to identify anything unusual in its path and avoid collisions.