Highway maintenance

Good Highway maintenance is essential now and into the future to ensure that roads are safe to drive on. Authorities and Organisations responsible for Highway maintenance need accurate up to date surveys of the road network to enable this to happen. Retroreflectometers like the RetroTek-M and the RetroTek-MU (USA) System are needed to measure the RL values and absence / presence of road markings to ensure that all roads are maintained to the highest standards.

Classifying degraded road markings using computational neural nets (CDRMCN)

Identification and Quality Classification of Pavement Road Markings. This is an AI research project using computational neural nets to identify the characteristics of road markings and quantifying their quality (wear). This will allow the identification of the type of marking and classify the shape and wear patterns of center road markings (such as lines, arrows, [...]

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 [...]

RetroTek-MU mobile retroreflectometer certified by Texas Transportation Institute

Texas Transportation Institue A member of The Texas A&M University System, the TTI (Texas Transportation Institute) has, since 1950 developed solutions to the problems and challenges facing all modes of transportation. Over the last 15 years, researchers at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) have established a comprehensive research program related to the visibility of [...]

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, [...]

Demonstration of RetroTek-M

This video demonstrates how to use the RetroTek-M retroreflectometer. Let Joe Turley of Reflective Measurement Systems (RMS) the developers of the RetroTek system guide you through the entire process. The main points covered in the video include: 1. Attaching the RetroTek-M front sensor to the front of any vehicle with universal H brackets provided by [...]

No more than 4 years to have fully autonomous cars on the road

"No more than 4 years to have fully autonomous cars on the road" stated Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang during his keynote address at the GPU Technology Conference held in Taipei on October 26th 2017. Huang is very optimistic and certainly the Artificial Intelligence technologies his microchip enables mean that in principle anyway Level 5 autonomous [...]

RetroTek-MU a dynamic road marking / striping retroreflectometer evaluated to ASTM E 1710

RetroTek-MU (USA Version) a dynamic road marking/ striping retroreflectometer with full lane width capability evaluated to ASTM  E 1710. StrAus-Zert, the testing, monitoring and certification association for road-owners recently evaluated the RetroTek-MU (USA Version) as a suitable Dynamic Pavement Retroreflectometer for measuring the coefficient of retroreflected luminance RL of road markings/striping according to ASTM E 1710. [...]

RetroTek and Estonia – Pilot Road Marking Retroreflective Survey

A pilot project on the measurement of the night visibility (retroreflectivity) of road markings on the main roads of Estonia using a mobile retroreflectometer. The contracting authority: Estonian Road Administration. Tallinn Report date: July 2017 Participated in the work of the contract: Mr. Tiit Kaal, Consultant: ERC Consulting Ltd. Estonia, Mr. Joe Turley CEO, [...]

ERF – High Level Road Safety Conference in Malta attended by RMS

Joe Turley of Reflective Measurement Systems attended the European Union Road Federation's High Level Road Safety Conference which was held in Malta on March 28th.  This conference brought together stakeholders active in the field of road safety to provide recommendations for the Road Safety Ministerial Meeting which took place the following day. Reflective Measurement Systems [...]

Future-proofing road markings

With the advent of autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles, efficiently surveying and maintaining the quality of road markings has never been more important when it comes to safety. Autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles are now being driven and tested on our roads. Improving road safety is a key factor in these developments. Today’s production cars already [...]