Advanced Vehicle Control Systems (AVCS) for Maintenance Vehicle Applications
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Advanced Vehicle Control Systems (AVCS) for Maintenance Vehicle Applications

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      Advanced Vehicle Control Systems (Avcs) For Maintenance Vehicle Applications, Contract No. Dtfh61-94-C-00131, Work Order 11, Prepared For: Department Of Transportation
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      It is widely believed that barriers to an automated highway system (AHS) deployment are due more to institutional, economic, and legal issues than technology limitations. In order to sustain and accelerate the AHS deployment process, it is desirable to demonstrate the benefits of advanced vehicle control systems (AVCS) as soon as possible. An ideal candidate application for early deployment should include the following features: a controlled/structured vehicle operating environment, a user group willing to experiment with developmental systems, and substantial user benefits from automation. Several particularly suitable application areas which meet some or all of those criteria involve the operations of on and off-highway maintenance vehicles. The high cost of maintenance operations, as reflected in labor costs, incident-related injury and damage, and negative traffic impacts could be significantly mitigated through the use of vehicle control systems. This need for improvement, coupled with the willingness of many highway departments to test prototype hardware, provides an excellent opportunity for field testing AVCS. In terms of off-highway applications, an area of opportunity also exists for applying AVCS to airport ground vehicle operations.
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