ARRB to deploy new Intelligent Safe Surface Assessment Vehicle


Vehicle determines road skid resistance and where improvements can be made

ARRB to deploy new Intelligent Safe Surface Assessment Vehicle
From left: Scott Sundgren (RMS), Jose Carrasco (RMS), Jerome Everett (RMS), David Svolos (RMS), Richard Wix (ARRB), Michael Moffatt (ARRB), Clint Bradley (ARRB), Joel Bradley (ARRB)

 

The Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) will be deploying its new Intelligent Safe Surface Assessment Vehicle (iSSAVe) in New South Wales after an agreement NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS).

The iSSAVe will initially be used on a trial basis as RMS operators learn how to get the best out of the new platform and modify their operating procedures to suit the new equipment.

It follows a successful small-scale trial in October, ARRB says.

The vehicle measures skid resistance and collects asset imagery and other safety related parameters such as road geometry, texture, roughness and rutting, which local government can use to measure the condition of their road network and determine a prioritised list of sites which could benefit from high-friction surface treatments.

"We look forward to implementing this new technology with our partners at RMS. We’re really happy to help Australian road agencies better manage their road networks in terms of their safety by measuring skid resistance and other safety related parameters using the iSSAVe," ARRB principal professional leader, strategic enablers group Richard Wix says.


Read about ARRB's recently launched vulnerable road user initiative, here


The iSSAVe is set to replace RMS’s former skid resistance machine, SCRIM, which has been in operation since 1994 and has covered nearly 2 million kilometres over its life surveying NSW’s road network.

"RMS intends to utilise the advanced positioning information available on the iSSAVe to build a fully automated pipeline for the data from the vehicle directly into our asset management systems," RMS principal manager, road asset information David Svolos says.

"Additionally, the more accurate positioning will allow better year-on-year comparison and analysis of the collected skid resistance data."

High-friction surface treatments are compounds designed to make roads more skid resistant, which can help stop vehicles from skidding on or off roads, and increase a vehicle’s ability to brake more effectively at critical times.

Some 50 per cent of urban crashes occurring at intersections, and a high percentage of rural crashes involving cars leaving the road, ARRB says, meaning accident blackspots, approaches to intersections and pedestrian crossings, and tricky-to-negotiate corners can all benefit from proper use of high-friction surface treatments.

 

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