30 Jul '12, 7am
Glad to do it: Battelle is about doing the right thing. In this case, donating trucks to community orgs that need them
The wireless technology, which includes 5.9 GHz dedicated short range communication radios and custom software, detects vehicles ahead of the bus that are braking abruptly and alerts the bus driver of a potential collision. Radios on the bus also transmit messages to other equipped vehicles, alerting them of the bus’ position, speed and heading. These warnings could prevent other vehicles from rear-ending the bus. Additionally, there are other facets to the technology. In the near future, the COTA bus will be upgraded by Battelle with the ability to detect the presence of pedestrians in a cross walk before the bus enters a signalized intersection, alerting the driver to a potentially unsafe situation. Battelle also will install technology that allows bus drivers to detect if drivers are trying to go around the bus to make a right turn as the bus proceeds from a bus stop. S...