Kansas University's Information and Telecommunication Technology Center has received a $121,000 contract to study using radar to improve safety at railroad crossings.
The radar technology is being developed and tested in ITTC's Radar Systems and Remote Sensing Laboratory and has been funded by LaBarge Inc., through its Network Technologies Group.
In an attempt to get motorists to stop driving around railroad crossing gates, the railroad industry is considering the possibility of using gates that span all lanes of traffic on both sides of the track. This arrangement, also known as four-quadrant gates, blocks cars from entering the crossing.
Four-quadrant gates also prevent vehicles from easily exiting a crossing when gates are down. The KU project will study using ultra-wideband impulse radar to detect vehicles in crossings and raise the gates.