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Increased Understanding of Driver Visibility Requirements

Project Information

Project ID: 
Project Status: 
Start Date: 
Monday, October 1, 2007
End Date: 
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
FHWA Program: 
Exploratory Advanced Research
FHWA Subprogram: 
Exploratory Advanced Research
FHWA Activity: 
Roadway Departure
FHWA Topics: 
Research/Technologies--Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC)
TRT Terms: 
Visibility; Night Visibility; Human Factors; Highway Safety; Safety; Research
FHWA Discipline: 
TRB Subject Area: 
Research, Safety and Human Factors

Contact Information

First Name: 
Last Name: 
(202) 493-3045
Email Address: 
Roadway Team
Office of Safety Research and Development
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Project Details

Project Description: 

This research project will develop a hybrid human/computer model of the quantity and quality of visual information needed to navigate certain curves in the roadway safely and effectively at night.


(1) Develop knowledge regarding human visual requirements for nighttime driving.

(2) Initiate development of a model of driver visual requirements and performance that can be used to evaluate the adequacy of a roadway scene.


Deliverable Name: 
Final report
Deliverable Type: 
Research report or guidelines
Deliverable Description: 
The products include a technical report on development, conduct, and results of human factors study, and a description of algorithms used to control autonomous vehicle using visual information. Final Report on: (1) Evaluation of driver performance in curves under varying levels of guidance; (2) Algorithms for control of autonomous vehicle based on visual input; and (3) Results from comparison between driver performance and autonomous vehicle during "drive-off."