Evaluation of novel motorway designs using driving simulation

The aim of this study is to illustrate that driving simulation technology can play a useful role in the evaluation of novel road designs and schemes. Drivers' responses to a dedicated lane scheme, hard shoulder running scheme and difference configurations of emergency refuge areas were tested using a driving simulator. Real world testing was considered too costly and had safety implications. It was shown that simulator technology can be an effective means of identifying key road design characteristics in novel road layouts and can form part of an iterative design process. The emergency refuge area case study showed how new designs can be modelled and compared against current standard designs. While the initial creation of simulator databases is relatively time-consuming, database adaptations can be made easily and allow for rapid evaluation of alternative designs. A rich data set can be obtained including numerous driver behavioural measures at high resolution.

  • Authors:
    • MAXWELL, A
    • DIELS, C
    • REED, N
    • PARKES, A M
  • Publication Date: 2009


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 01144914
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Nov 23 2009 10:17AM