Purdue University Graduate School
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Automated Disconnected Towing System

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posted on 2020-05-06, 01:16 authored by Yaqin WangYaqin Wang

Towing capacity affects a vehicle’s towing ability and it is usually costly to buy or even rent a vehicle that can tow certain amount of weight. A widely swaying towing trailer is one of the main causes for accidents that involves towing trailers. This study propose an affordable automated disconnected towing system (ADTS) that does not require physical connection between leading vehicle and the trailer vehicle by only using a computer vision system. The ADTS contains two main parts: a leading vehicle which can perform lane detection and a trailer vehicle which can automatically follow the leading vehicle by detecting the license plate of the leading vehicle. The trailer vehicle can adjust its speed according to the distance from the leading vehicle.


Degree Type

  • Master of Science


  • Computer and Information Technology

Campus location

  • West Lafayette

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Eric T Matson

Additional Committee Member 2

Anthony H. Smith

Additional Committee Member 3

John A Springer