Lighting for Driving: Roads, Vehicles, Signs, and Signals

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CRC Press, Dec 4, 2008 - Technology & Engineering - 371 pages

Integrates Vehicle, Signal, and Road Lighting into a Unified System

Many people drive many miles after dark and rely on lighting to help them gather information about the road ahead and the presence and intentions of other people on and near the road. With new technology on the industry’s horizon, Lighting for Driving: Roads, Vehicle, Signs and Signals conveys the crucial role lighting plays in road safety and examines how it could be used more effectively.

Authored by a lighting and visibility expert, this book explains the thinking and scientific reasoning behind various forms of lighting and analyzes their contribution to the driver’s understanding of real and potential road hazards. Filled with useful information, this resource straightforwardly addresses a wide range of safety factors encountered in real driving situations, such as weather conditions, complex signage, and driver age. It also deals with the often-ignored consequences of too much light, such as light trespass and sky glow.

Comprehensively Explores the Field, Emphasizing Improved Safety

Vehicle, road, sign, and signal lighting are provided to enable drivers to reach their destinations quickly and safely. However, the attention given to how these forms of lighting function is likely to change as new technology is introduced and understanding of ergonomics and human factors improves. This book effectively illustrates how these forms of lighting can be modified to work together to best provide a coherent flow of information to the driver.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Driving and Accidents
1
Chapter 2 Light
19
Chapter 3 Sight
45
Chapter 4 Road Lighting
79
Chapter 5 Markings Signs and Traffic Signals
125
Chapter 6 Vehicle Forward Lighting
143
Chapter 7 Vehicle Signal Lighting
177
Chapter 8 Vehicle Interior Lighting
203
Chapter 10 Special Locations
229
Chapter 11 Adverse Weather
253
Chapter 12 Human Factors
271
Chapter 13 Constraints
295
Chapter 14 Envisioning the Future
319
References
341
Index
365
Back cover
373

Chapter 9 The Interaction Between Road and Vehicle Lighting
213

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