Calculating time-to-collision for analysing right turning behaviour at signalised intersections

Amir Sobhani, William Young, Sareh Bahrololoom, Majid Sarvi

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Intersections are among the most dangerous places on the road network. Right turn against crashs, in countries with left hand drive vehicle or left turn against in other countries, are a major crash type taking place at intersections. Transportation researchers have utilised different conflict analysis methods to explore the influence of driver behaviours such as acceleration, deceleration, perception reaction time, gap acceptance, and stop/go decision at the onset of amber on right turn against crashes. However, there is not any conflict technique that is sensitive to the different trajectories taken by the drivers turning right at intersections. This paper outlines a calculation method to estimate Time-To-Collision (TTC) for right turn against conflicts. In this method the curvature function of the vehicle trajectory is considered in the calculation formula. This enables the researchers to compare the risk of different right turning trajectories taken by the drivers at intersections. The calculation method has been applied to a signalised intersection in Melbourne, Australia and the results are interpreted.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAustralasian Transport Research Forum (ATRF 2012)
Subtitle of host publication26-28 September 2012, Perth, Australia [proceedings]
EditorsMelissa Bouverie
Place of PublicationPerth Western, Australia
PublisherAustralasian Transport Research Forum
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventAustralasian Transport Research Forum 2012 - Perth, Australia
Duration: 26 Sept 201228 Sept 2012
Conference number: 35th (Proceedings)


ConferenceAustralasian Transport Research Forum 2012
Abbreviated titleATRF 2012
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  • Right turning behaviour
  • Time-to-collision
  • Conflicts
  • Driver behaviour

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