DeerDeter System Can Reduce a Major Problem in Several States: Car-Deer Crashes

Car-deer crash­es are a year-round prob­lem in Michi­gan, accord­ing to the Insur­ance Insti­tute of Michi­gan. Dur­ing 2010, there were 55,867 report­ed car-deer crash­es in this state. That trans­lates into one car-deer crash every nine min­utes. Oth­er near­by states face a sim­i­lar prob­lem with auto-deer col­li­sions, includ­ing Penn­syl­va­nia, Illi­nois, and Ohio.

An intel­li­gent, less expen­sive, next gen­er­a­tion ani­mal-vehi­cle col­li­sion avoid­ance sys­tem that has addi­tion­al intel­li­gent trans­porta­tion and road­side com­mu­ni­ca­tions capa­bil­i­ties is now on the mar­ket. Aus­tri­an com­pa­ny IPTE Schalk and Schalk OG com­plet­ed devel­op­ment of its DeerDe­ter sys­tem that can sig­nif­i­cant­ly reduce ani­mal-vehi­cle col­li­sions, and can pro­vide addi­tion­al feed­back by con­fig­ur­ing the units to report the system’s health and lim­it­ed weath­er con­di­tions and/or traf­fic data. The prod­uct is being dis­trib­uted in the US by JAFA Tech­nolo­gies, Inc. of Mount Lau­rel, NJ.

The units are acti­vat­ed by approach­ing head­lights that set off an audi­ble alarm and accom­pa­ny­ing strobe light that acquires the atten­tion of the ani­mal long enough to give it rea­son to take pause in its trav­el toward the road­way, allow­ing a vehi­cle to pass. Since only an approach­ing vehi­cle trig­gers the device, ani­mals are allowed to cross road­ways at times when they do not present a dan­ger to traf­fic. The “brains” of the unit are a durable cir­cuit board and proces­sor, and pow­er is pro­vid­ed by a solar charged arrange­ment. Approx­i­mate­ly 10,000 units have been deployed and test­ed at loca­tions in the US and Europe over the past five years with doc­u­ment­ed results, indi­cat­ing a decrease in ani­mal-vehi­cle col­li­sions of 70% to 90%, and even a 100% decrease in some cas­es, accord­ing to the com­pa­nies. The next gen­er­a­tion unit will be show­cased at the ITS World Con­gress in Vien­na in Octo­ber.



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