PREDICTION OF NIGHTTIME DRIVING VISIBILITY FROM LABORATORY

The application of laboratory threshold visibility data to the subject of driving visibility with heat absorbing glass has been reviewed in an attempt to resolve excessive differences between calculated predictions and road test observations. New calculations are described that yield predicted losses of visibility distance due to the use of heat absorbing glass rather than regular glass in automobile windshields. The predicted losses agree satisfactorily with the observed losses for road tests which average proximately 3%. The new calculations have made use of a revised visual exposure interval of 1% sec corresponding with five visual fixational pauses per second and a new simulation model that assumes that the target-to-background contast increases with reduced headlamp-to-target distance.

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    • Research completed by Libbey-Owens-Ford Company Technical Center and Massachusetts University, Amherst, Astronomy Research Facility.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Optical Society of America, Incorporated

    2010 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20036
  • Authors:
    • Dunipace, D W
    • Strong, J
    • Huizinga, M
  • Publication Date: 1974-11

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  • Accession Number: 00099006
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Highway Safety Research Institute
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 5 1975 12:00AM