The visual properties of painted lane markings were characterized through a field measurement exercise using a specialized trailer apparatus. The class of markings examined consisted of the continuous white stripe defining the boundary between the right lane and the shoulder of the road. Stripe width, reflectance, and contrast with lane and shoulder regions were quantified for over 6000 video images taken along a 600 mile (964.5k) sample of Michigan highways. Data indicate that slightly less than 82% of the stripes surveyed had widths in the of 8 to 15cm, with wider stripes outside this range being more common than narrower stripes. Stripe reflectance exhibited a bimodal distribution with primary modes around 28% and 60% reflectance values. Application of the data set to an existing road-follower algorithm is discussed.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, University Transportation Centers Program.
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute

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    Ann Arbor, MI  United States  48109-2150

    Great Lakes Center for Truck and Transit Research

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  • Authors:
    • Johnson, G E
    • Kluge, K C
    • Ervin, R D
  • Publication Date: 1995-10


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 32 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00724843
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTRI 95-42,, Final Report,, GLCTTR 67/95-01
  • Contract Numbers: DTRS92-G-0005
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 5 1996 12:00AM