THE EFFECT OF REAR LIGHTING CONFIGURATIONS ON VEHICLE TRAFFIC FLOW CHARACTERISTICS
This is a report of an investigation of the effects of different rear lighting and signaling configurations on measures felt to be important in determining traffic flow characteristics. Three studies are reported: two conducted during the night and one during the day. The two nighttime studies employed three different rear lighting configurations. The first study was carried out with a two-car platoon and the second with a three-car platoon. The only significant differences were in reaction time measures. A configuration having separation of function and color coding produced shorter reaction times than the other systems tested. The daytime study was conducted primarily to investigate the value of high-mounted signal lamps. It was found that the high-mounted signal lamps significantly shortened reaction times in multiple car-following situations.
- From the Factors Influencing the effectiveness of Automotive Rear Lighting Systems. Sponsored by the Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Association, Incorporated, Dtroit, Michigan.
Highway Safety Research InstituteHuron Parkway and Baxter Road
Ann Arbor, MI USA 48109
- Olson, P L
- Publication Date: 1975-10-31
- Features: Figures; Photos; References;
- Pagination: 49 p.
- TRT Terms: Car following; Color codes; Daylight; Night; Reaction time; Rear lighting; Traffic flow
- Old TRIS Terms: High mounting; Rear lights
- Subject Areas: Highways; Operations and Traffic Management; Safety and Human Factors;
- Accession Number: 00134721
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: Highway Safety Research Institute
- Report/Paper Numbers: Final Rpt.
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Jul 22 1976 12:00AM