Effects of Motorway Lighting on Workload and Driving Behaviour

This paper reviews a study initiated by the Dutch Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management that had these two goals: to identify which measures are suitable for measuring workload in relation to lighting, and to investigate whether traffic flow data can be used to estimate workload, thus enabling a lighting adaptation mechanism based on workload. Based on a literature survey, an inventory was made of indicators and methods to quantify effects on driving behavior and workload effects due to motorway illumination. Based on this study, a set of measures and methods was selected, including a mentally loading secondary task. The results from this project showed that with relatively low traffic volumes after the evening rush hour a slightly higher mean speed was found. The same effect was not found when the evening rush hour was near its end; possibly the higher traffic volume influenced workload differently.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 355-368
  • Monograph Title: Traffic and Transport Psychology: Theory and Application. Proceedings of the ICTTP 2004

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  • Accession Number: 01006714
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0080443796
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 25 2005 6:07PM