An Investigation of Collision Avoidance Warnings on Brake Response Times of Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers

by Shutko, John

Abstract (Summary)
The goal of this experiment was to determine what if any effect two different types of warnings have the brake reaction time of distracted commercial motor vehicle operators. The warning conditions were: No Warning, Auditory Tire Skid Warning, and One Second Brake Pulse Warning. Each participant was distracted via a distracter task during the experiment. As the participants were distracted, an obstacle was launched out into their forward path. Each participant received his/her appropriate warning, according to what condition they were placed, when the obstacle entered their headway. It was determined that the Auditory Tire Skid Warning aided in decreasing the movement times, while the One Second Brake Pulse Warning aided in decreasing the number of collisions with the barrels and speed at contact with the barrels.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Woodrow Barfield; Tom Dingus; Robert Williges

School:Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

School Location:USA - Virginia

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:industrial and systems engineering


Date of Publication:04/29/2001

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