Development of a human factors perspective on traffic management measures in Europe
The objective of the METHOD (Management of European Traffic using Human-Oriented Designs) project was the development of a human factors perspective on traffic management measures. The aim was to get more out of existing and future measures taken by the national road administrations in terms of traffic throughput and safety.
METHOD used different methods to collect and analyse information on the existing traffic management methods. In addition, the concept of serious gaming was used to test new or future traffic management techniques, such as in-vehicle traffic management.
TML shared responsibility in the analysis of existing traffic management measures. With this analysis, we aimed to improve the understanding of the effectiveness of traffic management measures from a human factors perspective. The relevance of this approach served to improve the overall effect of traffic management, given the important role that the human plays as a final decision maker within the everyday driving task, where traffic management is an important factor.
The main outcome of the project is provided to CEDR in the format of a booklet that can be used by Traffic Management professionals. In this booklet, the importance of human factors for traffic management is highlighted and a number of important guiding principles are presented:
- To treat road users as individuals rather than homogenous groups by providing targeted information and taking into account road users’ motivations
- To make use of emerging services to provide more personal information
- To enhance close cooperation between the different levels of traffic management
The report is confidential
Conference of European Directors of Roads (CEDR)
TRL (UK) (project leader), SWOV (The Netherlands), VTT (Finland), TNO (The Netherlands)
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