Eaton Gets DOT Grant For Collision Warning Systems
Eaton Corp. has been awarded a $6.7 million contract by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) as part of a $31.6 million program to develop technologies to help drivers avoid crashes. The Integrated Vehicle-Based Safety Systems (IVBSS) Program Field Operational Test is a four-year program that will for the first time bring together five automotive and commercial vehicle suppliers, including Eaton Corp., to develop and test a new integrated crash warning system for passenger cars and commercial heavy-duty trucks.
The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) is the primary contractor coordinating the work of the partnership and conducting the field experiments. The program will develop integrated advanced technologies that will warn drivers when they are about to leave the road, are in danger of colliding with another vehicle while attempting a lane change, or are at risk of colliding with the vehicle in front of them.
Eaton will use its $6.7 million contract to develop the integrated system for the commercial vehicle portion of the IVBSS program. Created by Eaton’s