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Autonomous Truck Mounted Attenuator (TMA)

  • Nov 14, 2018 (10:00 - 11:00 am CT; 9:00 - 10:00 am MT)
    Virtual Learning (desktop or laptop access)


DEADLINE: Friday, November 9, 2018

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The Autonomous Impact Protection Vehicle, or “AIPV,” also known as Autonomous Truck Mounted Attenuator, or “ATMA,” is the next generation of roadway construction work zone safety. The AIPV/ATMA is an automated version of a standard Impact Protection Vehicle (IPV) or Truck Mounted Attenuator (TMA) vehicle. Traditionally, the IPV/TMA vehicle is deployed as a human-driven mobile crash barrier intended to absorb the impact of a high (or low) speed crash, protecting roadside workers and equipment from an errant vehicle. The AIPV/ATMA uses a “Leader/Follower” configuration to remove the need for an operator in the cab of the crash barrier.

This presentation will discuss the technology, benefits and application of the AIPV/ATMA. Case studies and other DOTs using the AIPV/ATMA will be shared.


Maynard Factor, Director of Business Development for Kratos Defense Unmanned Systems Division, is responsible for the generation of new business opportunities, worldwide sales and marketing, and provides technical direction for long range strategic planning, including the development of new products, capabilities, and internal research and development endeavors. Mr. Factor joined the company in 2000 as an electrical engineer and has an extensive background in ground robotics and unmanned systems technology, which has been integral in leading the company’s efforts towards expanding its automated vehicle presence in military and commercial markets. Mr. Factor holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida and a Master of Business Administration from the University of West Florida.

Target Audience

Safety, maintenance, operations, ITS, construction, fleet and other staff connected to equipment and personnel safety.

NDSU Dept 2880P.O. Box 6050Fargo, ND 58108-6050