Evaluation of novel urban rail level crossing designs using driving simulation

Gemma Jennie Megan Read, Amanda Clacy, Miles Thomas, M Van Mulken, Nicholas Stevens, Michael Graeme Lenne, Christine Maree Mulvihill, Neville Anthony Stanton, Guy Harrison Walker, Kristie Lee Young, Paul Salmon

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Copyright 2016 by Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Rail level crossings (RLXs) are a public safety concern internationally. The design of the RLX environment has been implicated in many recent crashes. In this study we evaluated three novel RLX design concepts using a driving simulator. Participants completed four drives, each incorporating one of the RLX designs (one baseline and three novel designs) in both train coming and train not coming mode. Measures of speed and braking on approach were analyzed, along with subjective measures of workload and usability. Superior driving behavior and subjective ratings were achieved for a design that incorporated an in-vehicle device while the lowest subjective ratings were given in relation to a shared space design that incorporated a simplified crossing environment and sharing of the road environment between motorized and non-motorized users. The implications for RLX safety are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 60th Annual Meeting
Place of PublicationCalifornia USA
PublisherSAGE Publications Ltd
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventInternational Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 2016 - Washington Hilton, Washington, United States of America
Duration: 19 Sep 201623 Sep 2016
Conference number: 60th

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
PublisherSAGE Publications Ltd
ISSN (Print)1071-1813


ConferenceInternational Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 2016
Abbreviated titleHFES 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States of America
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