Anticollision systems for large mine-haulage trucks.
Minneapolis, MN: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, RI 9212, 1988 Jan; :1-14
With the development of larger mine-haulage trucks in recent years, the visual field of the driver has diminished correspondingly. Specifically, the operator's lack of direct vision in the right front area and directly to the rear constitutes a serious hazard to personnel in nearby small utility vehicles. Recently developed electronic technology has made it possible to supplement the use of mirrors and fresnel lenses to warn the operator of specific collision dangers in the truck's blind areas. This Bureau of Mines report describes the results of a coordinated contract and in-house research program to develop and test in-mine prototype electronic systems to detect the presence of smaller vehicles within the blind areas of large mine-haulage trucks. Each system utilized transmitters installed on the smaller vehicles and receivers installed on the haulage trucks. Transmitting techniques tested included both low- and high-frequency radio waves. On-vehicle testing established the engineering feasibility of each approach. Further private sector product development to improve reliability and reduce system costs is recommended. Mining companies should consider the advantages of each type of system.
Mining-industry; Mining-equipment; Surface-mining; Quarries; Warning-devices; Warning-signals; Warning-systems; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Electronic-display-systems; Safety-engineering; Collision-avoidance; Safety-devices; Signal-devices; Transmitters; Mine-haulage; Visibility; Field-of-view; Blind-spots
IH; Report of Investigations
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Minneapolis, MN: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, RI 9212