IVBSS Sensor Coverage (UMTRI)
National Highway Traffic safety Administration
- Integrated systems types of crash imminent warnings; forward, lane departure, and lane change/merge
- The system's radar units and a lane tracking camera detect the presence of surrounding vehicles and the position of the vehicle within the lane
- Two field tests were conducted (one for passenger cars and one for commercial trucks), each lasting about one year
- The tests indicated that the integrated systems could help drivers avoid crashes
- Overall, drivers liked driving with the integrated system.
- Program completed in December, 2010 and final reports are pending publication
Project Point of Contact
The Integrated Vehicle Based Safety System (IVBSS) program is a five-year, $32 million cooperative agreement under the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) program to combine a set of crash warning subsystems into a single, integrated system to enhance the safety of both light vehicles and heavy trucks. The program started in November 2005 and held its final public, one-day meeting in October 2010. Final reports on the project's results are being prepared. IVBSS is managed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) with ITS funding. The Volpe Center's Advanced Transportation Technologies Center of Excellence provided key technical and program management support throughout the entire effort. Other partners include the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Visteon, Eaton, Honda, Takata, International, Battelle Memorial Institute, Michigan DOT, Con-way Freight and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
IVBSS subsystems include Forward Collision Warning, Lateral Drift Warning, Lane Change/Merge Warning and Curve Speed Warning, which all incorporate sophisticated suites of cameras, radars, Global Positioning System receivers, gyros, digital map data bases, and speed and motion sensors. Driver Vehicle Integration studies performed in the UMTRI driving simulator were followed by months of Field Operational Tests by sixteen light vehicles and ten trucks outfitted with IVBSS systems. The key IVBSS contribution is to demonstrate that several sophisticated subsystems can be successfully integrated as a single unit in a vehicle to significantly enhance highway safety. Already several current vehicle models incorporate these subsystems, and more are on the way. Additional information about the IVBSS program is available from DOT at www.its.dot.gov/IVBSS.