FAST-RISE BRAKE LAMP AS A COLLISION PREVENTION DEVICE

Conventional tungsten-filament brake lamps have a relatively slow rise time. It takes approximately 250 msec for them to reach 90% of the asymptotic luminous intensity. This slowness of response can cause important delays of warning information to following drivers. We have designed a simple and relatively inexpensive circuit that produces a faster warning signal using a conventional lamp. As we have reported previously, this device reduces reaction times to the onset of brake lamps by about 115 msec. The present study evaluated the benefits of a 115 msec reduction in driver brake reaction time. Two approaches were used. In the first approach we calculated the reductions in effective stopping distance assuming a range of initial speeds. The results indicate, for example, that if the initial speed is 100 km/h, the reduction in the effective stopping distance is 3.2 m. In the second approach we calculated the reductions in the proportions of very long reaction times, assuming a normal distribution of reaction times that is shifted by 115 msec. For the distribution without the device we assumed a mean of 1.25 sec and a standard deviation of 0.46 sec. The results indicate, for example, that decreasing the mean by 115 msec yields a 55% reduction in the frequency of reaction times that are longer than 2.5 sec.

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute

    2901 Baxter Road
    Ann Arbor, MI  United States  48109-2150
  • Authors:
    • Sivak, M
    • Flannagan, M J
  • Publication Date: 1993-1

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 8 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00629026
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTRI-93-5, HS-041 661
  • Files: HSL, TRIS
  • Created Date: May 11 1993 12:00AM