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Design and preliminary testing of demand-responsive transverse rumble strips

: Hossen, Md Shakhawat; Kappes, Christopher; Trabia, Mohamed; Morris, Brendan; Park, Jeewong; Paz, Alexander

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Advances in mechanical engineering 11 (2019), Nr.9, 10 S.
ISSN: 1687-8132
ISSN: 1687-8140
Zeitschriftenaufsatz, Elektronische Publikation
Fraunhofer IVI ()
traffic safety countermeasure; inattentive driver; pedestrian safety; crash; transverse rumble strip

Transverse rumble strips are common practice to alert drivers by engaging their auditory and tactile senses in addition to visual senses by traffic signals. However, continuous exposure to noise and vibration by transverse rumble strips often results in diminished effectiveness and erratic behaviors, leading to additional safety challenges. In response, demand-responsive transverse rumble strips were developed as traffic safety countermeasures that reduce unnecessary noise and vibration associated with transverse rumble strips by incorporating active control of the rumble strips. Rather than staying static, demand-responsive transverse rumble strips are activated based on the presence of pedestrians, at predesignated times, or in response to abrupt changes in traffic flow. To evaluate the effectiveness of demand-responsive transverse rumble strips, the research team assessed noise and vibration data, both inside the vehicles and on the roadside, for various types of vehicles traveling at different speeds. The test data indicate that demand-responsive transverse rumble strips produced noticeable in-vehicle noise and vibration that could alert drivers to downstream events. Furthermore, demand-responsive transverse rumble strips generated sufficient noise to alert roadside pedestrians to vehicle presence but at low enough level to be considered as acceptable for a residential neighborhood use. Accordingly, demand-responsive transverse rumble strips could address the challenges that static transverse rumble strips face, by providing a design with relatively limited noise while enhancing safety.