Autonomous Maintenance Technology (AMT)
Colorado State University, Colorado State Department of Transportation (CDOT) and partners have developed a project whose objectives are to support and promote collaborative research efforts in the field of autonomous technologies in work zone applications. Our collective goal is improving the safety, efficiency and quality of work efforts by providing solutions and lessons learned for the integration of autonomous vehicle technologies in these applications. The industry, government and research agencies, leading to accelerated development of these beneficial technologies and improved sharing of knowledge. This project intends to further safety, efficiency, and quality of work done in this field for all relevant agencies.
Reducing hazard to roadway workers and achieving a safer working environment for both DOT employees and the public remains a key and critical strategic priority for all stakeholders. The advent of new technologies in the form of autonomous and connected vehicles presents a path for using technical advances to potentially reduce or eliminate threats to employees public safety.
An initial demonstration of these technologies has already been conducted with CDOT’s Autonomous Truck Mounted Attenuator/Impact Protection Vehicle. CDOT believes that this technology presents considerable potential to remove workers from risk, and the expansion of this technology both inside and outside of Colorado would be of benefit to the public. CDOT’s trial implementation and testing program for the ATMA/AIPV has generated interest and questions from other DOTs, motivating the need to develop a cooperative arrangement and agreement to spread and further research autonomy in maintenance applications.
This effort aims to address these challenges by forming a coalition of transportation stakeholders with interest in autonomous maintenance technology research. This group has created a pooled fund to provide a single source of funding for unified research efforts that will benefit all contributing parties. This will allow for larger and more significant research projects to be undertaken and will lead to an overall cost savings by consolidating many different DOTs’ research efforts in the same field.
Scope of Work
The pooled fund will fund research and development efforts to achieve the program goals, with initial proposed research focusing on:
- Improvements on existing ATMA/AIPV platforms (Autonomous Truck Mounted Attenuator/Impact Protection Vehicle) \
- Expansion of use of ATMA/AIPV platforms beyond striping
- Refining policy and operational procedures for autonomous work vehicles
- Investigate additional applications for autonomous vehicles in maintenance operations
- Other New Technology
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