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Collision Avoidance Pilot Program in Washington State

Eight Washington State public transit agencies—King County Metro Transit, Community Transit, Pierce Transit, Intercity Transit, C-TRAN, Kitsap Transit, Ben Franklin Transit and Spokane Transit—are collaborating on a pilot project to test and analyze a collision avoidance system that could help bus drivers reduce the number and severity of collisions with pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles.

The driver assistance technology, Mobileye Shield+ by Rosco Vision Systems, uses four bus-mounted vision sensors in each bus to identify and alert operators when pedestrians, cyclists or vehicles are in close proximity to a bus and warn them in time to take action to prevent a possible collision. The system will be deployed on a total of 38 40-foot buses statewide.

The system produces visual displays and audio warnings to alert drivers of imminent collisions before they occur, providing time for evasive action. It also monitors following distance, warns drivers of an imminent rear-end collision, alerts drivers if their bus strays from its lane without an active turn signal and notifies drivers if the bus exceeds the posted speed limit.

Funding for the project comes from the Washington State Transit Insurance Pool, its member transit agencies, King County Risk Management and insurance companies serving the transit industry. A Transportation Research Board Innovation Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) grant will fund the cost of the pilot program evaluation.
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