Breakout Session #3

FHWA Road Weather Management Program: Investigating Automation Technologies and Adverse Weather

Monday, July 9, 2018, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Room: Yosemite B

Organizers:

  • David Neumeister, Senior Research Scientist, Battelle
  • Doug Pape, Senior Research Engineer, Battelle
  • Paul Pisano, Team Leader of the Road Weather and Work Zone Management, Federal Highway Administration

Session Description

How does adverse weather affect automated vehicles? Can radar penetrate falling rain or an iced antenna? How well do vision systems handle a dusting of snow? How are drivers informed about vehicle performance? Come see the results of controlled experiments in adverse weather with three production vehicles. And then share your own thoughts on what additional research is needed. Your valuable input can help shape U.S. Department of Transportation research that benefits all. It can influence how the state and local departments of transportation make the roadways more amenable to automated vehicles during adverse weather.

Goals/Objectives/Outputs

  • See the results of controlled experiments in adverse weather
  • Give your input on research needs to the Federal Highway Administration
  • Hear a review of recently published research on adverse weather

Agenda

1:30 PM – 1:45 PM
How Automated Vehicles fit in FHWA Road Weather Research

The Road Weather Management Program seeks to better understand the safety and mobility impacts of weather on roadways, and promote strategies and tools to mitigate those impacts. The FHWA realizes its role in managing road weather needs to expand as automated vehicles appear.

  • Paul Pisano, FHWA

1:45 PM – 2:15 PM
Controlled Experiments of Automated Vehicles in Adverse Weather

Three production automated vehicles were tested in a variety of simulated and real adverse weather conditions. High- and low-speed following were tested, as were lane-keeping on straight and curved alignments. As expected, some conditions were easily handled by the vehicles and some were not handled at all. There were surprises, too. We will show the results.

  • David Neumeister, Senior Research Scientist, Battelle
  • Doug Pape, Senior Research Engineer, Battelle

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM
Panel: Open Discussion on Research Needs

Manufacturers of automated vehicles want to expand the operating design domain of their products to a broader variety of weather. What is the role of highway departments in making that happen? The results of this discussion will be considered by the FHWA as it plans its research program to better support automated vehicles.

  • Moderator:
    • Paul Pisano, Team Leader of the Road Weather and Work Zone Management, Federal Highway Administration
  • Panelists:
    • David Neumeister, Senior Research Scientist, Battelle
    • Doug Pape, Senior Research Engineer, Battelle