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Include transit drivers in the development and testing of new collision avoidance technologies to help gain driver acceptance of these technologies.

Evaluation of a vision-based Collision Avoidance Warning System (CAWS) for use on transit buses.


05/19/2017


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Include transit drivers in the development and testing of new collision avoidance technologies to help gain driver acceptance of these technologies. Gaining driver acceptance of new technologies and seeking their participation in testing new products is a challenge. Driving a bus requires skill and concentration. Warning indicators that divert attention from the driving tasks at hand are viewed as distracting and annoying. After initial development and testing in non-revenue operation, the path to deployment of CAWS requires testing in revenue service. Drivers need to be thoroughly trained on the technology and be able to have input to product development. In addition, drivers should be made aware of the potential positive benefits of CAWS to them.

Emphasizing the safety benefits and reduced likelihood of crash involvement with the development and deployment of such technologies should also have a positive impact on drivers, as collisions risk injury and career disruptions.


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Active Safety-Collision Warning Pilot in Washington State

Author: Lutin, Jerome; Yinhai Wang; Ruimin Ke; and Steven M. Clancy

Source Date: 05/19/2017

URL: http://orfe.princeton.edu/~alaink/SmartDrivingCars/PDFs/WSTIP_ActiveSafety-CollisionWarningPilot.pdf

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Lesson ID: 2017-00799