Autonomous vehicles

Good road markings are essential in the future because of the growing market for Autonomous vehicles. Retroreflectometers like the RetroTek-M and the RetroTek-MU are needed to measure the RL values and absence / presence of road markings to ensure that autonomous cars can “read” the road properly.

Green light for the revision of the Road Infrastructure Safety Directive

On 21 February, negotiations between the European Parliament and the European Council on the new Road Infrastructure Safety Directive achieved a milestone with the agreement on the future scope and the inclusion of good condition for markings and signs in order to facilitate the deployment of new mobility trends. Regarding the scope, the main improvement [...]

RetroTek Pavement Marking Retroreflectometer Technology incorporates Intel Movidius Neural Compute Stick to assist the safe operation of ADAS and Autonomous vehicles on Global road networks.

Main road pavement stakeholders, the European Commission (EC), The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA),US Department of Transport ( USDOT) and Road Safety Associations European Road Federation (ERF) & American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA), all recognize and support that good quality and uniformity of road markings, signage, and other traffic control devices support safe and [...]

Road safety: Commission welcomes agreement on new EU rules to help save lives

Road safety: Commission welcomes agreement on new EU rules to help save lives The EU institutions have reached a provisional political agreement on the revised General Safety Regulation. As of 2022 new safety technologies will become mandatory in European vehicles to protect passengers, pedestrians and cyclists. New technologies on the market can help reduce the [...]

ERF technical recommendations to adapt CAVs – Road Markings

The ERF strongly supports the road safety approach of the European Commission and recommendations for minimum performance of road markings in EU for reliable recognition by both human drivers and vehicles equipped with driver assistance systems or higher levels of automation. On 17 May 2018, the European Commission released the third set of actions to [...]

ATSSA Policy on Road Markings for Machine Vision Systems for operation of ADS

ATSSA Policy on Road Markings for Machine Vision Systems (Adopted March 14, 2019) ATSSA adopt Policy on Road Markings for Machine Vision Systems to  enable safe and efficient operations of ADS” (Automated Driving Systems). Background On January 18, 2018, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued a public Request for Information (RFI). The RFI sought feedback [...]

How Automated Vehicles Will Change Pavement Marking

The needs of cameras and software used to detect pavement markings will drive changes in marking requirements According to FHWA, “Greater uniformity and quality in road markings and traffic control devices would enable automation. Having greater consistency in road markings and traffic control devices and an improved state of good repair benefits all road users, [...]

Evaluation of the Effects of Pavement marking Width on Detectability by Machine Vision: 4 inch vs 6 inch Markings

Summary of Observations Preparing Highways for Automated Driving Systems Transportation Infrastructure Owner Operators (IOOs) are increasingly interested in understanding how they can prepare highways for automated driving systems (ADS). The primary reason for this interest is that ADS are projected to have dramatically positive impacts on highway safety while reducing congestion. Some estimates suggest that [...]

New cars in UK safer than ever before with 1.8 million fitted with collision warning systems

Nearly 7 in 10 new cars available with driver assistance systems, with 1.8 million buyers a year benefitting from collision avoidance technology. Autonomous emergency braking, parking assistance and blind spot sensors also top the list of most popular tech. Road accidents fall 10% in five years as advanced safety tech helps keep drivers safer. [...]

RetroTek presentation at ETNA 2020

Presentation by Joe Turley at ETNA2020 Brokerage Event December 2017 Scroll through this slider to read the slides presented by Joe Turley at the ETNA2020 Brokerage event held in Brussels on December 13th 2017.  They are an introduction to RetroTek's H2020 proposal "SRAV - Safer Roads for Autonomous Vehicles".  The [...]

RMS seeks partners for SRAV, Safe Roads for Autonomous Vehicles EU project

Certified measurement of Road Marking visibility to predict the Safe operation of ADAS & Autonomous vehicles. Are roads in Europe ready for the safe operation of autonomous vehicles? We propose to complete a pilot study on European roads & measure if existing road markings are adequate for the vision systems currently used in autonomous [...]