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Hossinger, R; Berger, WJ.
(2012): Comprehension of new instructions for car drivers in merging areas
TRANSPORT RES F-TRAF. 2012; 15(2): 152-161. FullText FullText_BOKU

This article describes some key results of a study with the aim of measuring the time and accuracy of comprehension of the new instructions xxxkeep lanexxx and xxxmerge alternatelyxxx. These instructions shall allow for a more efficient merging behaviour when approaching a working zone with a lane closure on a motorway, and thus increase the capacity of such bottlenecks. One hundred and ninety seven randomly selected car drivers were surveyed by means of face-to-face interviews. A computer-aided survey design ensured a precise measurement of the comprehension time and the testing of animated signs. The instruction xxxmerge alternatelyxxx performed well in every respect, though the tested signs were new to drivers. The instruction xxxkeep lanexxx refers to a completely new meaning. It lags behind both in time and accuracy of comprehension. In this case, the results suggest using a variable message sign (VMS) with a simple text rather than a picture. Moreover, a considerable learning effect was identified. Comprehension improved significantly with the third repetition of the instruction. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Autor*innen der BOKU Wien:
Berger Wolfgang Josef
Hössinger Reinhard

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