This content is not included in your SAE MOBILUS subscription, or you are not logged in.
What Effects Does a Speed Information Display Have on Vehicle Speed? A Study of Methods to Improve Driver Decision in Selecting Safer Speeds
Published October 22, 2006 by Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan in Japan
The objective of this research is to improve drivers' decision making in selecting a lower driving speed for the purpose of decreasing the risk and the severity of traffic accidents. Our research focused on the speedometer, in other words, on speed information display. Two working hypotheses were formulated to resolve this issue. One was that an alert to call for the driver's attention to a speed information display when the speed exceeds a predetermined value would decrease driving speed. Another was that a speed display whose scale is proportional to the square of speed would decrease driving speed. These hypotheses were tested with a driving simulator study. The experimental results showed that the average speed decreased by 3% and the maximum speed decreased by 4% when speed information was displayed on the scale proportional to the square of speed for a fast-driver group. These results demonstrated the possibility for a speed information display to improve driver decision in selecting safer speeds to decrease the risk and the severity of traffic accidents.