AN OPERATIONAL TEST OF A VEHICLE EMERGENCY LOCATION SERVICE IN COLORADO

Alison Brown, Jeremy Siviter, and John Kiljan

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Abstract: This Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)-sponsored operational test will evaluate the use of GPS (location) and cellular phone (two-way communications) to provide assistance to travelers in an emergency dispatch area of more than 12,000 m2 in central Colorado. The test will implement 2,000 in-vehicle units using a low-cost GPS location device. The major objectives of the operational test are to evaluate the impact of the system and response network on emergency response activities and time, and public safety; to evaluate a low-cost system that allows users to request roadside assistance; and to identify the necessary structure, responsibilities, and service levels of a travel assistance center for commercial operation of the system. The operational test Mayday service will first become available to travelers in mid-1995. The system architecture to be implemented and the operational test program are described in this paper.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 41, Number 4
Pages: 451 - 462
Cite this article: Brown, Alison, Siviter, Jeremy, Kiljan, John, "AN OPERATIONAL TEST OF A VEHICLE EMERGENCY LOCATION SERVICE IN COLORADO", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 41, No. 4, Winter 1994-1995, pp. 451-462.
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