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Advanced Sensing Towards Improved Forklift Safety



Roger V. Bostelman, William P. Shackleford


The National Institute of Standards and Technology's Intelligent Systems Division has been researching advanced three-dimensional (3D) imaging sensors and their use in manufacturing towards improving forklift safety. Experiments are presented in this paper and describe how the sensors can augment a forklift operator's perception of obstacles nearby. Interoperability of the obstacle/pedestrian detection information from these sensors to facility or other forklifts for broader alerts is also possible.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of the 2010 Performance Metrics for Intelligent Systems (PerMIS) Workshop
Conference Dates
September 27-29, 2010
Conference Location
Baltimore, MD


forklift, forklift safety, sensors, three-dimensional imaging sensors


Bostelman, R. and Shackleford, W. (2011), Advanced Sensing Towards Improved Forklift Safety, Proceedings of the 2010 Performance Metrics for Intelligent Systems (PerMIS) Workshop, Baltimore, MD, [online], (Accessed July 22, 2024)


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Created February 4, 2011, Updated March 12, 2020