An Intelligent Transport System being developed at La Trobe University is aimed at preventing scenes like this (Photo: Shutterstock)
The ITS gives an audio-visual alert that escalates in volume and intensity as the train gets closer to the crossing
The ITS being developed at La Trobe University
In the quest for smarter and safer transportation networks, automakers have been working on communication systems that use wireless technologies to share information between vehicles and infrastructure, such as traffic lights, road works, intersections and stop signs. The potential applications of these vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) systems are constantly being expanded, and while GM has been working to bring cyclists and pedestrians into the mix, a team from La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, is looking to improve safety at railway crossings by developing a system that enables communication between trains and road vehicles.
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