Highway Signs Help Truckers Find Available Spaces
USA – According to the Department of Transportation, 75% of US truck drivers often struggle to find a safe space when it’s time to park and get some sleep. Instead, after a fruitless search they will keep driving, or park on the hard shoulder or an unsecured site. Both options are incredibly dangerous to the drivers themselves and those they share the road with. Hoping to solve this problem, computer scientists at the University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies have developed a monitoring system, which provides a real-time tally of available spaces. The system uses video cameras, which are hung above truck spaces in rest stops. The cameras use image recognition to identify vacant spaces in real-time. The information is then transmitted to signs along the highway, which inform incoming drivers how many spots are available, with 95% accuracy.