FIELD OF VIEW REQUIREMENTS DIRECTLY BEHIND TRUCKS AND BUSES- FINAL REPORT

THE BLIND AREA DIRECTLY BEHIND TRUCKS AND BUSES WAS INVESTIGATED TO DETERMINE THE INFORMATION ELEMENTS THE DRIVER NEEDS TO REDUCE RISK. ACCIDENT DATA, DRIVER EVALUATIONS OF RISK AND INFORMATION NEEDS, AND VEHICLE USE PATTERNS WERE UTILIZED TO DETERMINE THAT THE BLIND AREA INCREASES DRIVING RISK MOST FOR BACKING, TURNING, SLOWING, AND STOPPING IN THAT ORDER. A COMPARISON WAS MADE OF ALTERNATIVE TECHNIQUES FOR ELIMINATING THE BLIND AREA BEHIND VEHICLES, AND IT WAS CONCLUDED THAT AN EFFECTIVE REAR VISION SYSTEM WOULD HAVE A POSITIVE PAYOFF IN ACCIDENT PREVENTION. THE MOST PROMISING TECHNIQUES APPEAR TO BE TV SYSTEMS, CLOSING RATE SENSORS (DOPPLER RADAR), AND PROXIMITY SENSORS (ACOUSTIC). EXISTING PERISCOPE SYSTEMS WERE NOT FEASIBLE FOR LARGER VEHICLES. FIBER OPTICS, INFRARED SENSORS, LASER SENSORS DID NOT MEET PERFORMANCE AND COST CRITERIA. THE PRIMARY RECOMMENDATION IS TO PERFORM TESTS AND DEMONSTRATIONS ON EXISTING SYSTEMS. /HSL/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Rept No 5529-9
  • Corporate Authors:

    Airborne Instruments Laboratory

    Cutler-Hammer, Incorporated, Commac Road
    Deer Park, NY  USA  11729
  • Authors:
    • REISS, M L
    • Lunenfeld, H
    • MORTON, G W
  • Publication Date: 1972

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 188 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00221814
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Highway Safety Literature
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 17 2003 12:00AM