Improved Robustness of Crash Avoidance System Sensors to Reduce Maintenance and Repair Costs

NCMS Project #: 142052

Problem: Collision avoidance systems (CAS) are designed to prevent or reduce the severity of a collision.  These “pre-crash warning systems” combine radar, laser, or camera-based systems to warn drivers of an impending collision by using visual, auditory, or physical cues.  Currently CAS lack ruggedness, which deters its widespread use due to the higher maintenance, repair, and insurance costs.  Of additional concern is that they do not perform well under a number of common yet adverse road conditions such as glare, fog, heavy rain, snow, accumulation of salt and dirt on the vehicle, and driving through tunnels.

Benefit: The benefits of providing a ruggedized, higher performing CAS for crash avoidance on public highways will improve the ability of the system to perform under extreme environmental conditions and reduce damage to the sensors, vehicles and occupants in the event of a collision.

Solution/Approach: In Phase I of this initiative, the integration of CAS sensors into robust, weatherproof assemblies that allow the sensors to perform their required functions while enduring harsh environments and high collision crashes was assessed.  Phase II of this initiative looks to build upon this work and improve the electro optical/infrared (EO/IR) sensors and the human interface display so that driving is better, safer, maintenance and sustainment of EO/IR sensors and driver human interface displays can be improved. 

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Greater mobility and protection capabilities 
  • Improve safety and performance 
  • Reduce repair maintenance and sustainment costs 
  • Ensure warfighter readiness and lethality 

DOD Participation:

  • U.S. Army Program Manager, Bradley Fighting Vehicle Systems
  • Paladin
  • Stryker
  • Abrams
  • Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle
  • U.S. Army Program Executive Office Combat Support and Combat Service Support (CS & CSS)

Industry Participation:

  • General Dynamics Mission Systems-Canada
  • Leonardo DRS
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Maintenance avoidance and reliability
  • Safety

Focus Area:

  • Energy, environmental, health, and safety