Safe-D: Safety through Disruption

Multi-Incident Response Vehicle (MIRV)



The project team will lead a collaborative effort with Neara Consulting Group to develop and integrate a Multi-Incident Response Vehicle (MIRV) into the Safely Operating Automated Driving Systems (SOADS) vehicle. The MIRV vehicle will be applied as one technical solution to how automated driving systems can be designed to interact safely with public safety in challenging scenarios. This project will explore whether a MIRV can extend the perception of an ADS to beyond the vehicle by providing eyes on the ground for better situational awareness, deploy flares to secure a scene surrounding a vehicle, and communicating with emergency, safety, and police personnel. The MIRV will be docked underneath the SOADS F150 vehicle and can be automatically deployed for both autonomous operation and remote teleoperations. Control and supervision of the MIRV will be possible through the cloud, accessible via mobile device and remote fleet management software. The team will primarily consist of High School and College Interns who are Alumni or current members of the Highlanders FIRST Robotics Competition Team. The student work on both software and hardware will be guided and supervised by Neara and VTTI engineers providing them a meaningful science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) experience. The MIRV will potentially demonstrate a new application of autonomous technology in transportation that could greatly improve safety by performing dangerous tasks, allowing passengers to remain safely in the vehicle while it is disposed on the roadway.

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Research Investigators (PI*)

Will Vaughan (VT)*
Mike Mollenhauer (VTTI/VT)
Jean Paul Talledo Vilela (VTTI/VT)

Project Information

Start Date: 07/01/2022
End Date: 08/15/2023
Status: Active
Grant Number: 69A3551747115
Total Funding: $100,000
Source Organization: Safe-D National UTC
Project Number: 06-013

Safe-D Theme Areas

Connected Vehicles
Automated Vehicles

Safe-D Application Areas

Operations and Design
Risk Assessment
Driver Factors and Interfaces
Infrastructure Technology

More Information

UTC Project Information Form

Sponsor Organization

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology
University Transportation Centers Program
Department of Transportation
Washington, DC 20590 United States

Performing Organization

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
3500 Transportation Research Plaza
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061