Road Maintenance

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

Pavement Striping Industry – Thank You America.

An Irishman’s journey through Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana. I have just returned after two very enjoyable working weeks on the road, meeting very dedicated and hardworking people in the pavement striping industry in the USA. All were ready and primed to start striping contracts, if only the wet weather would stop. Us Irish [...]

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, [...]

USDOT – Preparing for the future of Transportation – Automated Vehicles 3.0

U.S. DOT recognizes that the quality and uniformity of road markings, signage, and other traffic control devices support safe and efficient driving by both human drivers and automated vehicles. Extract below taken from the report "Letter from the Secretary" "America has always been a leader in transportation innovation. From the mass production of automobiles 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 [...]

RetroTek-M Mobile pavement retroreflectometer is suitable for the measurement of RL of wet road markings.

Test Certificate regarding the suitability of the RetroTek-M mobile pavement retroreflectometer for measuring the coefficient of retroreflected luminance RL of the surfaces of road markings in wet conditions. These tests were performed in a laboratory and on the road in December 2018 & January 2019 Originator: This report has been generated by Reflective Measurement Systems [...]

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 [...]

Ready for ADAS and CAVs?

Connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) will rely on road markings with the correct reflectivity. Traffic authorities must act now to implement and maintain such markings. Words | Joe Turley, Reflective Measurement Systems, Ireland   Those involved in the road infrastructure and advanced driver assist systems (ADAS) fields are aware of the hype surrounding connected autonomous [...]

It is difficult to renew road markings on time without adequate data on their condition

The text of this article taken from the Estonian Highways magazine TeeLeht was written by Tiit Kaal of ERC Consulting who has used the RetroTek-M mobile retroreflectometer to assess the retro-reflectivity of road marking on the Estonian road network 2017 and 2018.  This is a translated version of the text and the full version in [...]

Thousands of kilometers of roads assessed for retroreflectivity with the RetroTek vehicle mounted retroreflectometer.

The text of this article taken from the Estonian Highways magazine TeeLeht where the importance of the measurement of the retroreflectivity of road markings is discussed.  The RetroTek-M was used successfully by the Estonian Road Administration and ERC Consulting to conduct a survey of all the main roads in Estonia and this article provides some [...]