Development of low cost range sensing instrumentation for collision avoidance applications

Stone, Nicholas and Billingsley, John (2000) Development of low cost range sensing instrumentation for collision avoidance applications. In: Mechatronics and machine vision. Robotics and Mechatronics (3). Research Studies Press, Baldock, United Kingdom, pp. 127-133. ISBN 0--86380-261-3

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Vehicle collision avoidance and warning systems presently exist, however are generally extremely expensive and limited to luxury vehicles. This paper describes the design of a very low cost vehicle range sensor intended for the detection of tailgating vehicles and imminent collisions. The produced system is completed and has been pursued to a stage ready for manufacture. It is compact, low cost (less than twenty US dollars), and capable of measuring ranges between 5cm and 70m. Because of the very low cost and configuration flexibility of this device it has widespread
applications not just in vehicle collision avoidance but potentially in mobile robotics and mechatronic systems.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Proceedings of the 7th Annual Conference on Mechatronics and Machine Vision in Practice. Published version deposited with permission of the Editor.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2009 05:15
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2016 01:01
Uncontrolled Keywords: tailgating; headway; range; distance; sensing; mechatronics
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0902 Automotive Engineering > 090203 Automotive Mechatronics
09 Engineering > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090605 Photodetectors, Optical Sensors and Solar Cells
09 Engineering > 0902 Automotive Engineering > 090204 Automotive Safety Engineering
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering

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