Analysis of In-Vehicle Warning System for Rail-Road Level Crossings: Case Study in the City of Thessaloniki, Greece

  • Anastasios Skoufas ORCID
    Affiliation

    Department of Transportation and Hydraulic Engineering, School of Rural and Surveying Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 541 24 Thessaloniki, Greece

  • Socrates Basbas ORCID
    Affiliation

    Department of Transportation and Hydraulic Engineering, School of Rural and Surveying Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 541 24 Thessaloniki, Greece

  • Josep Maria Salanova Grau ORCID
    Affiliation

    Centre for Research and Technology Hellas/Hellenic Institute of Transport, Charilaou-Thermi Rd, P. O. B. 60361, GR 57001 Thermi, Thessaloniki, Greece

  • Georgia Aifadopoulou ORCID
    Affiliation

    Centre for Research and Technology Hellas/Hellenic Institute of Transport, Charilaou-Thermi Rd, P. O. B. 60361, GR 57001 Thermi, Thessaloniki, Greece

Abstract

The present research has investigated the impact of a Cooperative – Intelligent Transport Systems service for increasing Rail – Road Level Crossing safety, in terms of driving dynamic of the taxi drivers who used the service at the city of Thessaloniki, Greece. The Cooperative – Intelligent Transport Systems service informed drivers when approaching a Rail – Road Level Crossing, through 6 different paths, at the western area of the city of Thessaloniki. The results were yielded after comparing two datasets concerning the use of the Cooperative – Intelligent Transport Systems service by 168 taxi drivers for 28 days and without the use of the Cooperative – Intelligent Transport Systems service by 15 taxi drivers for 25 days. Even if conclusions are contrasting for the different types of the Rail – Road Level Crossing transits, the findings highlight a relation between speed reduction with types of transits whose first road segment is rectilinear, during Cooperative – Intelligent Transport Systems service use, while minor differentiations are noticed for Rail – Road Level Crossing transits with sharp turns and stop signs.

Keywords: Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems, in-vehicle warning systems, Rail-Road Level Crossings, taxi drivers
Published online
2020-03-30
How to Cite
Skoufas, A., Basbas, S., Salanova Grau, J. M., Aifadopoulou, G. (2020) “Analysis of In-Vehicle Warning System for Rail-Road Level Crossings: Case Study in the City of Thessaloniki, Greece”, Periodica Polytechnica Transportation Engineering. https://doi.org/10.3311/PPtr.14892
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