Laser-based vehicle detection

Walking on the Engineering III side of Bainer Hall today, I noticed an area roped off for a “laser detection test.” What?

rooftest It turns out that the Integrated Engineering Lab is testing a laser-based vehicle detection system for measuring traffic on highways. Harry Cheng, professor in mechanical and aeronautical engineering, says that the system uses a laser to get a profile of passing vehicles. It is more reliable than current systems that use loops in the road, he says, and unlike video cameras works well in low light conditions. Development of the device was funded by CalTrans.

For more about the Integrated Engineering Lab, look here. For more mechanical engineering projects in transportation, see the Advanced Highway Maintenance and Construction Technology web site.

One response to “Laser-based vehicle detection

  1. Dear

    I am a ITS business development analyst working for LG Corporation in Korea.
    I saw your research of laser detector by internet and I am interested in your detector system.
    If given the chance, I want to introduce your laser detector to Korea.

    I have some questions of your projetct and future plans.
    – Is there any caes that your laser detector system has been applied to real traffic situations?
    – Does your project entry in the commercialization stage?
    – How much the estimate price of a set of detector is?

    I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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