Evaluation of novel urban rail level crossing designs using driving simulation

Gemma Read, Amanda Clacy, Miles Thomas, Melissa VanMulken, Nicholas Stevens, Michael Lenne, Christine Mulvihill, Guy H Walker, Neville Stanton, Kristie Young, Paul Salmon

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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 HFES 60th Annual Meeting (2016)
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9780945289502
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2016
EventHFES International Annual Meeting 2016 - Washington Hilton, Washington, DC, United States
Duration: 19 Sept 201623 Sept 2016

Publication series

NameHFES Proceedings
PublisherSage Publications
ISSN (Electronic)1071-1813


ConferenceHFES International Annual Meeting 2016
Abbreviated titleHFES 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityWashington, DC


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