Auxiliary strobe lights improve train visibility

Anne Silla (Corresponding author), Ari Virtanen, Esko Lehtonen, Johannes Mesimäki, Katrin Bialinska, Jan Grippenkoven, Annika Dressler

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The inattentiveness of road users during their approach towards passive railway crossings represents a major threat for level crossing safety. This paper presents an auxiliary strobe light system installed in train in addition to the already existing headlights to increase the salience of the train and hence to cope with this inattentive behaviour. The system was installed on a real railway vehicle as well as in the virtual environment of a driving simulator with the objective to assess its technical feasibility and to test its effects on users. A proof of concept of the auxiliary strobe light system was successfully implemented on a railway vehicle and tested under realistic conditions. The participants of the study judged the system as highly useful to enhance the detection of the train at the level crossing as well as to improve the overall safety.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 22 Oct 2019
MoE publication typeNot Eligible
Event26th Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress, ITS Singapore 2019 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 21 Oct 201925 Oct 2019


Conference26th Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress, ITS Singapore 2019
Abbreviated title26th ITS World Congress
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  • Level crossing
  • railway safety

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