The Virginia Tech Center for Transportation Research “Smart Truck” - An Instrumented Heavy Vehicle for Evaluation of Intelligent Transportaltion Systems
The objective of this paper is to describe a Class 8 heavy truck that the Virginia Tech Center for Transportation Research has modified and instrumented for use in evaluating Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) technologies. The truck is capable of recording a variety of data, both electronic and video, in real-time from a suite of sensors and cameras that have been inconspicuously mounted on the tractor. The tractor, trailer, and instrumentation package enable Virginia Tech to conduct commercial vehicle ITS research related to safety and human factors, and advanced vehicle control systems (AVCS). This paper will describe the instrumentation package, and address both general and specific types of research that can be performed using this truck.