Automated data acquisition and processing of traffic information in real-time system and method for same

  • US 6,064,318 A
  • Filed: 06/11/1997
  • Issued: 05/16/2000
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/11/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A system for monitoring and processing traffic information at or near work zones or roadway incidents so as to provide real-time traffic advisory information to passing motorists, the system comprising:

  • a plurality of sensor means for detecting current traffic conditions being relocatably positionable at least one of upstream of a work zone or roadway incident, said plurality of sensor means including speed sensors for detecting speeds of passing vehicles;

    at least one display means relocatably positionable upstream of the work zone or roadway incident for displaying traffic information to passing motorists;

    a plurality of first control means each operatively positioned and connected with each of said plurality of sensor means and said display means for receiving sensor data and processing real-time traffic information to be displayed, respectively; and

    second control means communicatively connected to said plurality of first control means for controlling operation of said plurality of first control means, wherein said second control means includes means for receiving said sensor data from said plurality of sensor means via corresponding ones of said plurality of first control means connected to said plurality of sensor means, means for generating said real-time traffic information to be displayed based on said sensor data, and means for transmitting said real-time traffic information to be displayed to a corresponding one of said plurality of first control means connected to said display means, whereinsaid real-time traffic information to be displayed includes at least one of upcoming traffic speed information, traffic time delay information and traffic advisory instruction information, andsaid plurality of sensor means and said display means are formed to be relocatably positionable relative to each other and to the work zone or roadway incident whereby locations of said plurality of sensors and said display means are reconfigurable to adapt operation of said system in accordance with current conditions and location of the work zone or roadway incident.

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