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ARRB ushers in new era of line marking technology

by Australian Road Research Board on December 18, 2020

ARRB has added two reflectivity vehicles to the national data collection fleet.


On this vehicle includes the latest state-of-the-art RetroTek retroreflectometer. The ARRB reflectivity vehicles will help road agencies and local government ensure their road line markings are up to standard for the latest in driver assistance systems.

ARRB is now using the RetroTek-D vehicle mounted retroreflectometer from Irish company Reflective Measurement Systems Ltd in its road marking condition surveys.

It is the first full lane width vehicle-mounted retroreflectometer that can operate day or night, and check the condition of line markings on both sides of the lane at the one time.

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Never have line markings been more important on Australian roads.

Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) like lane keeping assist rely heavily on clear lane markings. The widespread adoption of ADAS in new Australian cars, and the arrival of connected and automated vehicles (CAV) mean the clarity and quality of line markings are vital to this technology working effectively, and therefore saving lives.

“ARRB reflectivity vehicles will assist us in helping road agencies and local government with efficient and safe road marking maintenance solutions, which is more vital than ever for road agencies as ADAS and CAV technologies become commonplace in Australian vehicles,” ARRB Infrastructure Management National Discipline Lead Richard Wix said.

Transport Safety Team Leader David Milling states that: “With high quality and high frequency reflectivity data we are assisting road authorities to overlay multiple datasets including road safety risk data and additional asset management data to prioritise and program line marking activities.”

Chief executive of Reflective Measurement Systems Ltd Joe Turley said: “We are delighted to be working with ARRB and supporting them in this important area.”

ARRB can offer a holistic service for road marking condition surveys, incorporating data collection and program development.

Contact ARRB for more information on how your local government agency or road agency can best use this technology at info@arrb.com.au

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CAV readiness surveys - how ARRB can help

Topics: ARRB News, Future Transport, Transport Data, Smart cities, Road Safety, Road Infrastructure, Road and Transport Research, Driverless, Connected and Automated Vehicles