Title: Assessment of GPS derived speed for verification of speed measuring devices

Authors: Erik Steinmetz; Per Jarlemark; Ragne Emardson; Håkan Skoogh; Magnus Herbertsson

Addresses: SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, 501 15 Borås, Sweden ' SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, 501 15 Borås, Sweden ' SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, 501 15 Borås, Sweden ' SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, 501 15 Borås, Sweden ' SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, 501 15 Borås, Sweden

Abstract: Speed information from GPS is increasingly used and provides an alternative to conventional methods such as wheel speed sensors. We investigate the possibility to use GPS derived speed as a reference when verifying laser and radar-based speed measuring devices used in traffic enforcement. We have set up a realistic test scenario where a GPS equipped vehicle was driven at three different speeds (40, 90 and 130 km/h) through a pre-defined measurement zone. An independent and traceable reference speed was calculated by accurately measuring the length of the measurement zone (approximately 15 metres), and the time it took to pass through it. The reference speed was compared to the average GPS speed for each passage. This comparisons show that the standard uncertainty of such GPS speed measurements is less than 0.05 km/h. Hence, GPS derived speed meets the accuracy requirements for verification of laser and radar based speed measuring devices.

Keywords: global positioning systems; GPS; speed measurement; measurement uncertainty; traceability; legal metrology; speed enforcement; instrumentation technology; vehicle speed; laser based speed measuring devices; radar based speed measuring devices.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIT.2014.065160

International Journal of Instrumentation Technology, 2014 Vol.1 No.3, pp.212 - 227

Available online: 15 Oct 2014 *

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