United Kingdom

Every day, road-workers risk their lives deploying and retrieving traffic management cones and signs in live traffic environments to mark out work areas or close lanes.

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This project investigates automated deployment and recovery of longitudinal cones on UK highways, with a view to reducing the exposure of operators to live traffic. Every day, road-workers risk their lives deploying and retrieving traffic management cones and signs in live traffic environments to mark out work areas or close lanes. Whilst accidents are rare, the level of risk involved in accomplishing this activity is high and requires considerable skill and judgement to anticipate the behaviour of oncoming traffic. The placement and retrieval of up to 6 kilometers of longitudinal cones poses a serious risk to operators due to the long exposure and repeat nature of the procedure; especially when closing the outside lane. Operators typically deploy cones from a low, exposed booth on the side of a highways maintenance vehicle. This project investigates automated deployment and recovery of longitudinal cones on UK highways, with a view to reducing the exposure of operators to live traffic.

Amey are proactively seeking ways to achieve eliminate the risks to their traffic management operatives. The purpose of this work is to investigate the opportunity for longitudinal cone placement and collection without exposure of operators to live traffic. Every day, road-workers risk their lives deploying and retrieving traffic management cones and signs in live traffic environments to mark out work areas or close lanes. Whilst accidents are rare, the level of risk involved in accomplishing this activity is high and requires considerable skill and judgement to anticipate the behaviour of oncoming traffic. The placement and retrieval of up to 6 kilometers of longitudinal cones poses a serious risk to operators due to the long exposure and repeat nature of the procedure; especially when closing the outside lane. Operators typically deploy cones from a low, exposed booth on the side of a highways maintenance vehicle. This project investigates automated deployment and recovery of longitudinal cones on UK highways, with a view to reducing the exposure of operators to live traffic.

Amey are proactively seeking ways to achieve eliminate the risks to their traffic management operatives. The purpose of this work is to investigate the opportunity for longitudinal cone placement and collection without exposure of operators to live traffic.