3′ Passing Law Detector Prototype
Start Date: 2011-04-16
End Date: 2011-12-31
Status: CONTINUED [2012-0003]
Specify, design, and fabricate custom detection hardware prototype to determine vehicle passing distance relative to the outside edge of a cyclist. The measurement must be displayed in a format visible to small format video recording equipment in daylight riding conditions while the camera also captures the bicycle’s lane position, street condition, as well as identifiable components of the passing car (make, model, color, and license plate number) in addition to behavior.
The entire prototype package must easily mount to the bicycle enabling it to be transferred between bicycles as a single unit and be able to withstand the rigors of typical road riding.
At the end of 2011 a functional hardware package has been developed, has been tested against stationary targets, and is ready for trials to determine its overall capabilities and limitations leading to live trails or component modifications. This will be dictated by the equipment ability to accurately register passing vehicles of various sizes passing at predetermined speed differentials (bicycle velocity, vehicle velocity, velocity difference). These trials will also determine optimal camera orientation for the capture of all required data points.