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Miniaturized, multibeam, solid state scanning laser radar in automobile collision avoidance sensor systems
Author(s): Ronald A. Sargent
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Paper Abstract

Recent intelligent transportation systems (ITS) initiatives sponsored by commercial transportation companies and the U.S. Department of Transportation include an area dedicated to Automated Vehicle Control Systems (AVCS). AVCS systems are dedicated to improving passenger automobile safety, efficiency, and impact on the environment. Minimizing the number of automobile collisions through automated obstacle detection and vehicle response is vital to this effort. Simple, reliable, low cost sensors installed in automobiles to provide driver warning and/or input to vehicle systems such as braking or cruise control are the key piece to making this technology as common as air bags and seat belts. EPA emission regulations now require specific areas to periodically report the mix of vehicle types. These reports must include in the mix the 13 possible categories for vehicles. Simple low cost senors installed as part of the traffic management system will facilitate the determination of vehicle category. Laser Atlanta has recently developed two distinct types of sensors that utilize a unique multi- beam approach to detect `targets' that are potential hazards. They also provide range and range rate data to automobile control and traffic management systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 June 1995
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 2472, Applied Laser Radar Technology II, (16 June 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.212016
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Ronald A. Sargent, Laser Atlanta Optics, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2472:
Applied Laser Radar Technology II
Gary W. Kamerman, Editor(s)

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