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Electro-Optical Sensor For Measuring Road Surface Texture
Author(s): Clarence Cantor
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Paper Abstract

ENSCO, Inc. is developing a sensor for the Maryland State Highway Administration that will measure road surface texture from aboard a moving vehicle. In the future this sensor will enable real-time classification of pavement texture, which enables the speed dependency of skid resistance to be determined. The sensor consists of a projector, detector, and electronic processor. The projector projects an extremely short-duration slit of light vertically downwards onto the road surface. This results in an illuminated single-line profile of the surface texture. This texture profile is detected by a vidicon camera that views the surface at a 45 degree angle. The camera image is digitized by the processor and stored on digital tape to facilitate subsequent computer processing of the texture data. The sensor system is designed to measure four-inch long samples of surface texture with a resolution of 0.01 inches at vehicle speeds up to 40 mph.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 August 1979
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 0178, Smart Sensors, (20 August 1979); doi: 10.1117/12.957273
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Clarence Cantor, Engineering Consultant (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0178:
Smart Sensors
David F. Barbe, Editor(s)

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