Royal Truck & Equipment Showcases Autonomous TMA Concept
Advanced Technology Aims To Increase Road Crew Safety
We’ve all seen the signs: “Slow for the cone zone” as a courtesy warning to slow down for road crews doing maintenance. However, in this day and age of unprecedented driver distraction, being a road crew worker remains one of the most dangerous jobs out there. Royal Truck & Equipment of Coopersburg, Pennsylvania, has collaborated with Micro Systems, Inc., one of the leading developers of drone control systems, to come up with its Autonomous Truck Mounted Attenuator (ATMA) concept. Unlike most development of autonomous vehicle systems that focus on high-speed operation, the ATMA is designed to operate between 10-15 mph.
The technology is designed primarily for use in a lead-follow configuration, in which a leading human-driven vehicle is equipped with a Navigation module with a GPS receiver, digital compass, transceiver, and data processor. The module transmits GPS “eCrumbs” to the follower vehicle, which processes the data it receives to determine direction and speed. The leading module is easily transferrable between vehicles. The ATMA concept truck has been presented and demonstrated at several state Department of Transportation (DOT) conferences, as well as to the federal DOT at a recent conference in Wyoming. Royal Truck & Equipment president Robert Roy said, “Our challenge is to reduce traffic work zone deaths on our highways, period.”
Source: Royal Truck & Equipment