Modeling the Dynamics of Driver's Dilemma Zone Perception using Machine Learning methods for Safer Intersection Control

Rural, high-speed signalized intersections are associated with vehicle crashes due to dilemma zone problems. Dilemma zones (DZ) are defined in either time or space, as zones where some drivers may decide to proceed, and some may decide to stop at the onset of yellow. This disagreement among drivers can lead to rear-end crashes (when a driver decides to stop while their follower decides to proceed) and/or right-angle crashes (when drivers end up violating the red light and crash with side street traffic). This joint proposed research between Virginia Tech, Morgan State University, and Penn State will investigate the dynamic nature of driver's perception of dilemma zone, and whether that perception changes as a function of their experience driving through safe or unsafe intersections. A matching project funded by Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation and Research (VCTIR) is investigating different control methods to minimize dilemma zone related crashes, ranging from traditional advance detector and actuated control optimal configuration to the use of advanced technologies such as Wavetronix, Detection-control systems, etc. These two efforts can lead to better modeling of driver perception, better control algorithms, and ultimately safer intersections.


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    • Status: Active
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Mid-Atlantic Universities Transportation Center

      Pennsylvania State University
      201 Transportation Research Building
      University Park, PA  United States  16802-4710
    • Performing Organizations:

      Pennsylvania State University, University Park

      Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute
      Research Office Building
      University Park, PA  United States  16802-4710

      Morgan State University

      School of Engineering
      Cold Spring Lane and Hillen Road
      Baltimore, MD  United States  21239

      Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg

      Blacksburg, VA  United States  24061
    • Principal Investigators:

      Abbas, Montasir

    • Start Date: 20120101
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20150731
    • Source Data: RiP Project 31960

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01514352
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Mid-Atlantic Universities Transportation Center
    • Contract Numbers: DTRT12-G-UTC03, MAUTC-2012-04
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: Feb 14 2014 1:01AM