1998-08-11

Multi-Lane Traffic Monitoring System (MTMS) 981947

The objective of this paper is to describe the development of the Multi-Lane Traffic Monitoring System (MTMS), a family of laser-based [1], low-cost, non-intrusive, lane monitoring systems used to measure and classify vehicular traffic over multiple lane roadways. The non-intrusive nature permits portable or permanent setup off the roadway without presenting hazardous situations to highway personnel, motorists, or costly construction, maintenance, and traffic disruptions. Several models are being developed to facilitate remote monitoring, data storage, and Global Positioning System (GPS) tagging. The data presented in this paper include preliminary design attributes such as LADAR, processing algorithms, user programmable control interface, and prototype performance specifications.

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