CONSPICUITY OF TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES

This paper is concerned with obtaining: (a) estimates of the conspicuity of traffic control devices seen in ordinary road environments, and (b) an indication of the target object properties that determine conspicuity. The principal measure of conspicuity chosen was the probability of seeing a target object under defined conditions of fixation, observation time, and a second measure was in terms of the order in which the objects were first noticed. Experiments were conducted using projected colour slides of 100 urban and semi-urban road scenes. It was found that traffic control devices were not conspicuous in the above terms. Few such devices achieved a detection probability of 0.90 or more in a 500 ms observation period. Size was an important determinant of conspicuity. Edge definition was also important. Brightness was less effective and white signs were noticed less frequently than coloured ones. Long observation periods were not effective in detecting additional signs.

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  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 223-238
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00385580
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-035 849
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, ATRI, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 30 1984 12:00AM