Work on most construction sites is often loud, dirty, and dangerous. Roadside construction workers face added risks of being struck by a driver unaware or ignoring flags, cones, or other warnings.

If a collision is about to occur between a vehicle and a worker,The InZoneAlert vest can warn the worker via loud beeps, while the motorist will receive a dashboard notification. The instantaneous alert is possible by short-range communication.

“Any warning we can give them is better than no warning at all,” said Kristen Hines of Clarksville, Tennessee, and a doctoral student with the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, who is helping lead the combined effort of the College of Engineering and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.

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