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Cambridge engineers develop ‘intelligent’ system to prevent bridge strikes by tall trucks

An Engineering PhD alumnus Dr Bella Nguyen investigated how to detect and prevent bridge strikes, the results of which were the subject of a recent study for Transport for London (TfL), published in the Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering. The new system is paired with an LED display unit downstream to warn drivers of the upcoming low bridge and suggesting they take the nearest road exit. If the driver continues and hits the bridge, accelerometers on the bridge structure will instruct the system to keep a copy of the most recent video feed as evidence and extract from it number plate information. The collision report containing all this information is then sent to the relevant authorities for action.


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