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Human factors in road design. Review of design standards in nine countries

  • Date : 2012
  • Author(s) : Comité technique AIPCR C.1 - Des infrastructures routières plus sûres / PIARC Technical Committee C.1 - Safer road infrastructure
  • Domain(s) : Road Safety
  • PIARC Ref. : 2012R36EN
  • ISBN : 978-2-84060-306-1
  • Number of pages : 212

This report reviews how human factors are explicitly or implicitly considered in the current road design standards of the following countries : Australia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Japan, the Netherlands and Portugal.

The report focuses on design features as they relate to the spatial perception of the driver. It covers in particular :

  • the need for the driver to anticipate any critical point;
  • management of the field of view to ensure appropriate speed and lane tracking;
  • the human factors demands to pre-program the driver's behaviour.

For the different criteria and factors, the report identifies best practices and provides recommandations for the missing links such as : the optical density of the field of view ; transition zones ; fixation objects in the lateral road side environment ; depth of the field of view.

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Human factors in road design. Review of design standards in nine countries

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