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Title: Evaluation of a Buried Cable Roadside Animal-Detection System
Project No.: 00076
Target Date: 06/22/2015

Animal-vehicle crashes are a significant safety hazard on U.S. roads. Such collisions exceed 1 million every year, even as the rate of overall vehicle crashes has declined in comparison. Up to 10 percent of animal-vehicle crashes result in human injury, and related property damages cost more than $4 billion per year.

This project will evaluate an innovative roadside animal-detection system in natural and controlled conditions. The buried cable system can detect large animals crossing the road and provide data on their location along the length of the cable.

The system will be installed and tested at Virginia’s Smart Road at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute in Blacksburg, where deer and bear often are observed. Researchers will employ continuous, all-weather and nighttime video surveillance systems to monitor animal movement. They also will analyze the data to determine how the system performs and whether it is suitable for use in problem areas along Virginia’s roads.

     Andrew Alden