Title page for ETD etd-04132001-152251

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Shutko, John
Author's Email Address jshutko@ford.com
URN etd-04132001-152251
Title An Investigation of Collision Avoidance Warnings on Brake Response Times of Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers
Degree Master of Science
Department Industrial and Systems Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Dingus, Thomas A. Committee Chair
Barfield, Woodrow S. Committee Member
Williges, Robert C. Committee Member
  • Emergency Braking
  • Distracted Drivers
  • Brake Response Time
  • Collision Avoidance Warnings
Date of Defense 1999-04-30
Availability unrestricted
The goal of this experiment was to determine what if any effect two different types of warnings have the brake reaction time of distracted commercial motor vehicle operators. The warning conditions were: No Warning, Auditory Tire Skid Warning, and One Second Brake Pulse Warning. Each participant was distracted via a distracter task during the experiment. As the participants were distracted, an obstacle was launched out into their forward path. Each participant received his/her appropriate warning, according to what condition they were placed, when the obstacle entered their headway. It was determined that the Auditory Tire Skid Warning aided in decreasing the movement times, while the One Second Brake Pulse Warning aided in decreasing the number of collisions with the barrels and speed at contact with the barrels.
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