Because of the harsh winter maintenance environment and limitations of driver attention, guidance is needed to apply camera technology to winter maintenance vehicles to ensure maximum benefit. Aftermarket cameras described here could be mounted inside a vehicle cab or externally on a vehicle and trained in any direction. The audience for such camera images are DOT maintenance managers who would benefit from near-real time access to the condition of the roads, vehicle hardware, and on-board chemicals.
The goal of this project is to provide guidance to transportation agencies seeking to begin using, or to expand current use of, aftermarket cameras installed on winter maintenance vehicles.
The primary aim of added imaging capability is to assist with operational decisions and increase situational awareness. Clear Roads is seeking guidance in the form of a synthesis of current practices and existing data and test results as well as a compilation of lessons learned, best practices, considerations and recommendations.