EVALUATION OF MEETING BEAMS BY FIELD TESTS AND COMPUTER SIMULATION
The objective of this study was to conduct field experiments to evaluate alternative meeting beams in terms of visibility distances and glare effects. The conventional U.S. and European low beams were used as a basis for comparison with the experimental mid beams. There was generally good agreement between computer simulation predicted visibility distances and those obtained in the field test. It was concluded that improved meeting beams should incorporate the general characteristics of the mid beams used in these tests and that the mid beams should be dimmed when meeting another vehicle which is in the outside lane and when following another vehicle at distances of less than about 200 ft.
- Prepared in cooperation with Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Association of the United States, Inc., Detroit, Mich.
University of Michigan, Ann ArborHighway Safety Research Institute
Ann Arbor, MI USA
Motor Vehicles Manufacturers Association320 New Center Building
Detroit, MI USA 48202
- Mortimer, R G
- Olson, P L
- Publication Date: 1974-12
- Pagination: 53 p.
- TRT Terms: Distance; Field tests; Following distance; Glare; Headlamps; Low beamed headlamps; Mathematical models; Motor vehicles; Simulation; Traffic safety; Visibility
- Old TRIS Terms: Following distance (Of vehicles); Low beamed headlights
- Subject Areas: Highways; Safety and Human Factors;
- Accession Number: 00094182
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
- Report/Paper Numbers: UM-HSRI-HF-74-27 Final Rpt.
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Mar 29 1976 12:00AM