Automobiles, Environment, Traffic engineering, Traffic signs and signals
The hypothesis is that the recorded noise-imprints of a vehicle at an intersection can be used to identify and accurately time the driving modes of deceleration, idle, slow cruise, and acceleration. This is proven by analyzing and comparing noise-imprints of vehicles at an uncontrolled intersection marked first with a "stop" sign, and then by a "yield" and an experimental "dead slow" sign. By relating the duration of each driving mode to known relations, the overall efficiency of an intersection can be characterized. A new technique for studying various types of traffic conditions at intersections is the result. Initial noise-imprint analysis and comparison shows that a "yield" sign is to be preferred over a "stop" sign to decrease travel time, air pollution emissions, gasoline consumption, and wear-and-tear on the car. The experimental "dead slow" sign is used as a demonstration of the noise-imprint technique upon an unknown situation. The efficiency of a "dead slow" sign proved to be less than that of a "yield" sign, but still greater than that of a "stop" sign.
Master of Science (M.S.)
College of Engineering
xi, 145 pages
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Automobiles -- Environmental aspects, Traffic engineering, Traffic signs and signals
Pfarrer, Mark Daniel, "The Effects of Altered Traffic Signs upon Vehicular Driving Modes and Consequent Fuel Conservation and Environmental Benefits, as Measured by Vehicular Noise-imprints" (1976). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 248.