Designing Safe Road Systems by Jan Theeuwes

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A. 2001. Objectives, topics and methods. E. ), Traffic Psychology Today. London: Kluwer Academic Publishers. E. 2002. Dynamic Cross-Sections: Increased Capacity on Existing Infrastructure. Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, January 2002. Wegman, F. and Aarts, L. 2006. Advancing Sustainable Safety: National Road Safety Outlook for 2005-2020. Leidschendam: SWOV Institute for Road Safety Research. 1 Recently, environmental objectives have been added to the safety and throughput objectives.

The idea that people categorize objects is based on the general notion that people try to structure their world. It allows us to understand individual cases that we have not seen before. From studies investigating knowledge representations, it is known that people classify objects as belonging to a particular category (for example, Rosch 1978). Through experience of particular objects, we develop internal representations that contain the typical characteristics of a particular category. The category to which an object belongs tells something about the characteristics of the object as well as the behaviours associated with it.

In these situations, rapid resource inexpensive and conceptually driven feature detection are especially advantageous. Our notion is that potentially relevant objects at unexpected locations are not seen too late but, in most cases, they are not seen at all. For example, road users may simply overlook the presence of relevant objects or other road users. Given these considerations, it is clear that extremely dangerous situations may occur when the design of the traffic environment induces certain expectations regarding the spatial arrangement of objects and other relevant road users in that road scene which are not correct.

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