Driverless Safety Vehicles for Worksites on Motorways
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Employees of German motorway maintenance units are exposed to a wide variety of hazards when working on and beside motorways. Safety vehicles are therefore used for their safety. However, the drivers of these vehicles are exposed to increased accident risks. Under the leadership of MAN Truck & Bus, a consortium of eight partners from industry, research and public authorities has set itself the goal of reducing these risks by using modern technology to automate the shut-off vehicle. This represents the first use of an automated vehicle on public roads without a driver.
In performing their work on and near German motorways, employees of German motorway maintenance units — of which there are approximately 180 — find themselves exposed to heightened danger on a day-to-day basis. There are many tasks involved in maintenance and servicing, including the upkeep and cleaning of road equipment, as well as tending green and wooded areas. To complete these tasks, employees often need...
To realize the aFAS project, the following project partners have pooled their resources under the consortium leadership of MAN Truck & Bus AG: Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt), Hessen Mobil Road and Traffic Management, Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences — Technology and Economics, Robert Bosch Automotive Steering GmbH, Braunschweig University of Technology — Institute of Control Engineering, WABCO GmbH, ZF Friedrichshafen AG — TRW Automotive GmbH. The project on which this report is based is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMWi) under funding number 19S4001. The author would like to thank the project partners for their support and the BMWi for their funding.
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