The Effect of LED Daytime Running Lights on Motorcycle Conspicuity and Detection Distance Estimation - Latest Test Results

Paper #:
  • 2010-01-0126

Published:
  • 2010-04-12
Citation:
Haferkemper, N., Sprute, J., Schiller, C., and Khanh, T., "The Effect of LED Daytime Running Lights on Motorcycle Conspicuity and Detection Distance Estimation - Latest Test Results," SAE Technical Paper 2010-01-0126, 2010, https://doi.org/10.4271/2010-01-0126.
Pages:
9
Abstract:
Accident statistics show that motorcycling is still a pretty dangerous mode of locomotion. Since the last 15 years motorcyclists' fatalities experienced just a creeping decrease compared to car drivers'. In-Depth Motorcycle Studies displayed that in more than two thirds of motorcycle accidents the main contributing factor is a car. With these accidents basically taking place in urban areas (more than 50%) with a lot of distraction and at pretty low speeds - at intersections above all - one can conjecture the low visibility of powered two wheelers (PTW) to be an important cause. This is fortified by actual statistical research naming 10.5% of all motorcycle accidents to be conspicuity related 1 . With ECE-R87 compliant Daytime Running Lights (DRL) as a regulatory defined conspicuity aid, the impact of DRL usage on PTWs was to be investigated.
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