Fog-related crashes continue to be one of the most serious traffic safety problems in Florida. Based on the historical crash data, we found that single-vehicle crashes have the highest severity among all types of crashes under fog conditions. This study first analyzed the contributing factors of the fog-related single-vehicle crashes' (i.e., off road/rollover/other) severity in Florida from 2011 to 2014 using association rules mining. The results show that lane departure distracted driving, wet road surface, and dark without road light are the main contributing factors to severe fog-related single vehicle crashes. Some suggested countermeasures were also provided to reduce the risk of fog-related single vehicle crashes. Since lane departure is one of the most important contributing factors to the single-vehicle crashes, an advanced warning system for lane departure under connected vehicle system was tested in driving simulation experiments. The system was designed based on the Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) with the concept of Augmented Reality (AR) using Head-Up Display (HUD). The results show that the warning with sound would reduce the lane departure and speed at curves, which would enhance the safety under fog conditions. In addition, the warning system was more effective for female drivers.
Master of Science (M.S.)
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering
Civil Engineering; Transportation Systems Engineering Track
Length of Campus-only Access
Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Zhu, Jiazheng, "Investigation of Factors Contributing to Fog-Related Single Vehicle Crashes" (2018). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 5775.