Memorias de investigación
Communications at congresses:
Application of human factor centered checks in Road Safety Audits of highway design projects in Spain
Year:2010

Research Areas
  • Civil engineering

Information
Abstract
A Road Safety Audit is a formal and independent review of a highway design project by an experienced team of safety specialists, addressing the safety of all road users. During the audit process, a team of qualified, independent experts identifies potential safety risks in the design, assesses the safety performance of the projected highway, and proposes recommendations for improvement. Road safety audits provide an opportunity to consider human centered design and usability concepts that are not explicitly contemplated in the traditional road design process. In Spain, the Road Administrations have initiated the process to incorporate Safety Audits to the highway design process. This paper presents the results of a research effort conducted at Madrid Technical University and funded by the Spanish Ministry of Infrastructure to develop a methodology and reference materials for the application of RSA in Spain. User centered design principles were reviewed and synthesized to characterize user needs and constraints in relation with the configuration of the road. As a result, human factors related design checks were proposed for application in the Road Safety Audit process with a focus on accounting for the needs and constraints of the human operator to achieve the safest operational conditions for the system user/vehicle/road/environment. Conclusions were also obtained on the orientation of future research required to develop quantitative highway design criteria based on driver¿s perception and workload.
International
Si
Congress
IV International Symposium on Highway Geometric Design
960
Place
Valencia
Reviewers
Si
ISBN/ISSN
Start Date
02/05/2010
End Date
05/05/2010
From page
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Participants

Research Group, Departaments and Institutes related
  • Creador: Grupo de Investigación: Ingeniería de Carreteras I+D (ICID)
  • Departamento: Ingeniería Civil: Transportes