Driver Assistive Systems for Snowplows

Principal Investigator:

Max Donath, Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Co-Investigator

  • Craig Shankwitz, Fmr Director, Intelligent Veh. Lab, Mechanical Engineering

Project Summary:

Operating a snowplow is a difficult and dangerous task. The snowplow driver faces challenging environmental problems including icy roads, blowing and drifting snow, and impaired vision due to the blowing snow, darkness, etc. In addition to these problems, snowplow drivers experience stress due to long hours of operation and the tasks required to successfully clear streets and highways. This project led to the development of a snowplow equipped with the hardware and software necessary to provide an effective driver's assistance package.

Sponsor:

Project Details:

  • Start date: 04/2000
  • Project Status: Completed
  • Research Area: Transportation Safety and Traffic Flow
  • Topics: Intelligent Vehicles, Safety