Get ready for invasion of the traffic cones

Glaskin, Max
May 2004
New Scientist;5/1/2004, Vol. 182 Issue 2445, p25
The robotic road markers have been developed by Shane Farritor, a roboticist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, in a bid to help reduce the $100 billion per year that the Department of Transportation estimates is lost to the U.S. economy through accidents and delays caused by highway lane closures. The laptop screen displays an image of the road, captured by a camera mounted on top of the truck. Each robotic base has two electric motors, powered by a 12-volt lead-acid battery, which drive two 20-centimetre-diameter wheels.


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