Tag: driving


15

May 2015

Helping passengers by understanding their needs

Often the best ideas are the simple ones. For anyone catching a bus in London during the rush hour has probably experienced a mad crush on the lower level only to find that the top level is almost empty.  For some, they like the convenience of sitting or standing close to the door.  But for others, there the lack of visibility of what space is...

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Helping passengers by understanding their needs

07

Jun 2012

Sat-navs impair driving?

Interesting piece of research that has picked up lots of media coverage today.  Researchers at Lancaster Uni are suggesting that using sat-navs actually impairs driving performance, as well as sometimes taking us the wrong way. As the directions get more complex, we are likely to speed up, swerve more and not detect pedestrians. Seems to point to some good basic human factors guidance on ensuring...

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22

Dec 2011

The British Road Sign

Is there a better example of human-centered design than the road sign?  The Design Museum has recently added the UK road sign design to its collection recognising it as a classic. The standardisation and consistency of design means that we all understand them They are remarkably effective at transmitting the necessary information in the often short time that a driver had before they pass it. The brilliance, when the...

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The British Road Sign

20

May 2011

Should electric cars be made to go “vroom”?

This takes us back to one of our earliest posts on electric vehicles.  In that post we were looking at the design of a new electric scooter.  It occurred to us in testing the scooter that one of the potential problems with similar electric vehicles was the lack of noise and therefore an increased risk to pedestrians and other road users who wouldn’t hear us coming. We found some...

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Should electric cars be made to go “vroom”?

22

Nov 2010

Can traffic light design work better for drivers?

In an earlier blog post (http://joetstubbs.co.uk/ccd/uncategorized/pedestrian-countdown-trial-in-london/) we talked about the trial that TfL were conducting with a countdown to provide more information to pedestrians on the time left before the lights change. We have now come across this conceptual design for traffic lights that provide similar countdown information to drivers – http://www.yankodesign.com/2010/11/18/sands-of-traffic-times/ There are some obvious ergonomics questions about whether the signs could be accurately...

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Can traffic light design work better for drivers?

04

Nov 2010

Developments in road traffic management – carrots & sticks?

There has been much news in recent weeks of developments in the safety & management on our roads.  Some of the measures featured enforce the rules punishing those who break the rules.  Others are aimed at influencing our behaviour for the better.  Our question is which measures are likely to be successful? Carrots: The government last week confirmed hard shoulder running projects for the M25....

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Developments in road traffic management – carrots & sticks?

01

May 2010

Our thoughts on recent report on driving and the aging population

A recent report from the RAC Foundation tackled the subject of the older driver and maintaining their mobility.  Entitled “Maintaining safe mobility for the aging population” it covered a number of human factors issues in relation to car design and the design of road signage. This comprehensive report stands aside from the fear that old drivers kill people and cause others to have accidents. It...

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