NHTSA is investigating the effects of A pillar designs on crash risk as well as the safety value of Night vision systems.
Lighting system improvements to increase driver vision at night are limited by the concurrent need to avoid blinding other drivers and reducing their ability to see the road. Therefore other methods of increasing driver night vision (NV) capability have been developed that do not affect the vision of other drivers at night. NV systems based on infrared (IR) technology have been developed by some manufacturers who have offered them as options on their production vehicles. NHTSA is currently preparing to conduct a simulator study on IR NV warning systems to investigate the effectiveness of a NV system with automatic warning in eliciting appropriate driver avoidance behaviors to detect pedestrians and road hazards.
- Llaneras E. (2006). Exploratory Study of Early Adopters, Safety-Related Driving with Advanced Technologies - Final Report. DOT HS 809 972
- NightDriver Thermal Imaging Camera and HUD Development Program for Collision Avoidance Applications (2000). DOT-HS-809-163.
NHTSA is conducting research to measure the direct visibility from vehicles as well as the capabilities of vehicle technologies aimed to augment rear visibility.
- Elizabeth N. Mazzae, W. Riley Garrott, George H. Scott Baldwin, Adam Andrella, and Larry A. Smith (September 2011) Vehicle Rearview Image Field of View and Quality Measurement DOT HS 811 512.
- Mazzae E., Barickman F. (2009) Direct Rear Visibility of Passenger Cars: Laser-Based Measurement Development and Findings for Late Model Vehicles DOT HS 811 174.
- Mazzae E. and Garrott R. (2008). Light Vehicle Rear Visibility Assessment DOT HS 810 909.
- Mazzae E., Barickman F., Baldwin S. & Ranney T. . (2008). On-Road Study of Drivers' User of Rearview Video Systems (ORSDURVS) DOT HS 811 024.
- Mazzae E. and Garrott R. (2006). Experimental Evaluation of the Performance of Available Backover Prevention Technologies. DOT HS 810 634.