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An investigation of driver's visual processes while approaching a level crossing

Grippenkoven, Jan and Dietsch, Sandra (2013) An investigation of driver's visual processes while approaching a level crossing. In: Abstracts of the 55th Conference of Experimental Psychologists, p. 100. Pabst Science Publishers. 55th Conference of Experimental Psychologists, 2013-03-24 - 2013-03-27, Vienna, Austria. ISBN 978-3-89967-852-9.

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Although the trains' right of way at level crossings is depicted clearly, accidents still happen. Earlier findings indicate that many accidents occuring at level crossings without barriers can be assigned to errors in road users' information admission. In the current study, 24 drivers took part in a test drive, during which a level crossing without any technical protection and one furnished with a yellow-red light signal was passed. An analysis of eye tracking and driving data was conducted. The results reveal that all participants fixated at least parts of the protection layout. The first signs announcing the level crossing at a distance of 240m for example were noticed by a majority of drivers. Nevertheless, two third of all participants did not check the rails for an oncoming train. The speed was significantly decreased at a distance of 80m in front of the level crossing. Participants who checked the tracks for a train had a significant lower speed while passing the level crossings than those who did not. It can be assumed that many accidents do not not happen due to simle overlooking of relevant information. Besides the deficient checking for oncoming trains, cognitive effects like inattentional blindness might play a role.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/86479/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:An investigation of driver's visual processes while approaching a level crossing
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Grippenkoven, JanGerman Aerospace Center, Institute of Transportation SystemsUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Dietsch, SandraGerman Aerospace Center, Institute of Transportation SystemsUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:March 2013
Journal or Publication Title:Abstracts of the 55th Conference of Experimental Psychologists
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:p. 100
EditorsEmailEditor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Publisher:Pabst Science Publishers
Keywords:level crossing, eye tracking, Rail Human Factors
Event Title:55th Conference of Experimental Psychologists
Event Location:Vienna, Austria
Event Type:international Conference
Event Start Date:24 March 2013
Event End Date:27 March 2013
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Transport
HGF - Program Themes:Traffic Management (old)
DLR - Research area:Transport
DLR - Program:V VM - Verkehrsmanagement
DLR - Research theme (Project):V - Project Next Generation Railway System II (old)
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Transportation Systems > Railway System
Institute of Transportation Systems > Human Factors
Deposited By: Grippenkoven, Jan Daniel
Deposited On:16 Dec 2013 10:26
Last Modified:24 Apr 2024 19:52

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