[ASC-media] CSIRO: Collision avoidance technology for mine haul trucks

Rebecca.Eveleigh at csiro.au Rebecca.Eveleigh at csiro.au
Tue Dec 4 23:40:01 CET 2007

5 December 2007 

Ref 07/241

Collision avoidance technology for mine haul trucks

Today's mine haul trucks are massive vehicles in which drivers have
limited vision and cannot see anything within around 30 metres. If a
smaller vehicle on the mine site gets in the way of one of these
monsters, the consequences can be dire.

CSIRO Exploration & Mining's Dr Patrick Glynn is leading a research
project to help solve this problem by developing a 360 degree proximity
detection system.

"We took a standard Doppler radar system and adapted it with integrated
signal processing," Dr Glynn says.

"The technology will alert the driver if a hidden object is moving
relative to the mine haul truck, what direction it is moving, what its
rate of change is, and whether a collision will occur. In all cases the
system reports to the driver in one tenth of a second, far shorter than
the average reaction time for a driver of about one second." 

The Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP), which is
funding this research, awarded Dr Glynn a 2007 ACARP Award for Research

In his citation for Dr Glynn, ACARP Executive Director Mark Bennetts
said, "Given the competence of the science providers engaged in the 175
current ACARP research projects, it is a real accomplishment to win this
award and a strong vote of confidence in your team."

While the research is still in its development stage, a prototype has
been tested at Goonyella riverside, one of the largest open cut coal
mines in Australia, located in Queensland's Bowen basin south west of

Current plans are to tie in the system with an existing reversing camera
and monitor. Additional video cameras will automatically display a
detected vehicle on the monitor, along with its speed and position.

"The real challenge is to provide information in a natural way so that
the driver does not have to take their eyes off the road. Drivers
already have a lot on their hands and should not be overloaded with
information," Dr Glynn says.
"In a recent accident in South Africa, a light vehicle came between two
haul trucks. Dust hid the light vehicle from the second truck which ran
straight over it.

"I want to avoid a repeat of any incident such as this. If they had
effective collision avoidance technology on board, they could have taken
evasive action."

Image available at: www.scienceimage.csiro.au/mediarelease/mr07-241.html

Further Information: 

Patrick Glynn, CSIRO Exploration & Mining
07 3327 4636; patrick.glynn at csiro.au 

Media Assistance:

Bob Chamberlain, CSIRO Exploration & Mining
07 3327 4469; 0418 443 083; bob.chamberlain at csiro.au 


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