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Auxiliary strobe lights improve train visibility

Silla, Anne and Virtanen, A. and Lehtonen, E. and Mesimäki, J. and Bialinska, K. and Grippenkoven, Jan and Dreßler, Annika (2020) Auxiliary strobe lights improve train visibility. In: 26th ITS World Congress. 26th Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress, ITS, 21. - 25. Okt. 2019, Singapur.

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Abstract

The inattentiveness of road users during their approach towards passive railway crossings represents a major threat for crossing safety. This paper presents an auxiliary strobe light system as a countermeasure to cope with this inattentive behaviour. This system is installed on the front and the sides of the locomotive in addition to the already existing headlights to increase the salience of the train. In order to assess the functionality of the system it was as well installed on a real locomotive as implemented in the virtual environment of a driving simulator to test its effect on the user. This paper presents as well the system that has been developed as the assessment of the technical feasibility. A proof of concept of the auxiliary strobe light system was successfully implemented on a railway vehicle and tested under realistic conditions. Furthermore, the system was virtually implemented in a driving simulator to conduct an empirical study on the effects the system has on drivers that are approaching a passive level crossing. The participants of the study judged the system as highly useful to enhance the detection of the train al the level crossing as well as the overall safety.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/134315/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Auxiliary strobe lights improve train visibility
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Silla, AnneVTTUNSPECIFIED
Virtanen, A.VTTUNSPECIFIED
Lehtonen, E.VTTUNSPECIFIED
Mesimäki, J.VTTUNSPECIFIED
Bialinska, K.DLRUNSPECIFIED
Grippenkoven, Janjan.grippenkoven (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Dreßler, Annikaannika.dressler (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-7290-6133
Date:2020
Journal or Publication Title:26th ITS World Congress
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Published
Keywords:Bahnübergang, Sicherheit, Human Factors, Straßennutzer, Aufmerksamkeit, Erprobung, level crossing, safety, road users, attention, pilot tests
Event Title:26th Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress, ITS
Event Location:Singapur
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:21. - 25. Okt. 2019
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Transport
HGF - Program Themes:Rail Transport
DLR - Research area:Transport
DLR - Program:V SC Schienenverkehr
DLR - Research theme (Project):V - Digitalisierung und Automatisierung des Bahnsystems
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Transportation Systems > Human Factors
Deposited By: Dreßler, Annika
Deposited On:10 Mar 2020 10:08
Last Modified:10 Mar 2020 10:08

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