Research Mentor(s): Stuart Batterman, Professor
Research Mentor School/College/Department: Environmental Health & Safety, School of Public Health
Presentation Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021
Session: Session 2 (11am – 11:50am)
Breakout Room: Room 8
A study was initiated to investigate the impact of varying levels of traffic in front of a moving vehicle on the levels of air pollution particles detected by the vehicle’s sensors. Over 20,000 images were collected by a front-facing camera on the vehicle. Vehicles within ~50 meters of moving vehicle were then counted and sorted into the categories of heavy duty truck (HDT), commercial vehicle (CV), and personal vehicle (PV); also, noting heavy duty trucks in the adjacent lane and within 20 meters of the moving vehicle. Although the experiment is incomplete, it is expected that the presence of heavy duty trucks within 20 meters of the data collection vehicle will result in raised levels of air pollution particles. The presence of heavy traffic in front of a moving vehicle increases the amount of air pollution particles measured by the vehicle.