Road Sign Robot
In Sweden, one road worker is killed on average every other year in accidents related to erecting and placing warning road signs for road works. In a project sponsored by the Swedish Transport Administration (STA), Intelligent Machines was asked on behalf of the company Street Smart Equipment AB to investigate the technical possibilities of automating the task of putting up road signs with the purpose of increasing the safety of road workers. The first step was a feasibility study to identify a number of different possible solutions. These solutions were then analyzed with respect to various criteria such as cost, efficiency, robustness and difficulty of implementation. Based on the analysis, an experimental prototype was demonstrated to the STA and contractors in the road maintenance industry, all of which showed great interest in the technology. No decision has yet been taken to commence production of a real prototype for testing in field trials.