It’s well known in the autonomous vehicle industry that poor quality road markings are a hindrance to the development of AVs. This article gives a short overview to the keys of good quality road markings and gives an overview of the Laserlux G7 product, how it can be used for AV development, and how it can be implemented into a roadway maintenance program.
The Laserlux G7 instrument provides a fast way to evaluate the performance of road markings, both in the visible and infrared. It’s simple to set up and operate, adapting to almost any vehicle with no custom modifications required. The system attaches to a vehicle via the Squid Mount™ vacuum mounting system and is operated wirelessly from any Wi-Fi enabled laptop, tablet, or smartphone. The system evaluates the visibility of road lines and records the data in tabular format. Additionally, the system automatically generates color-coded maps and records high-definition videos of the roadway with data overlay to make it easy to quickly determine areas of poor performance. This quantitative data correlates with both traditional pavement marking evaluations and confidence level systems used by many automotive sensors. Implementation of the Laserlux G7 makes it cheaper and easier to maintain good quality road markings, which allows for more prolific and safer AV vehicle operation.