Project: Driver Vision from M and N Category Vehicles

Reference: S0906/V8

Last update: 25/09/2009 14:42:39

Objectives

To provide information on what drivers of 'M' and 'N' category vehicles should be able to see, what they actually see in the real world and how their field of vision may be affected by vehicle design. The research will identify blind spots in both the drivers' direct and indirect fields of view and will propose practical solutions to eliminate these. Proposed solutions should aim to minimise obscuration of the direct field of view created by vehicle design, exterior mirrors and any other vehicle features and to maximise the drivers' indirect field of view. Where appropriate, these solutions will make recommendations for amendments to the European legislation and should ideally aim to offer solutions which create an environment where, at all times, the driver can easily see other road users, including vulnerable road users, at any point around the vehicle.

Description

This project is designed to apply the drivers direct forward field of view and indirect field of view requirements to all 'M' and 'N' category vehicles in order to provide a full 360 degree field of view where the driver is able to see an object which is placed anywhere within a specified arc at any point around that vehicle, including directly behind it.

Contractor(s)

MIRA Ltd
Watling Street, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, CV10 0TU
+44 (0)2476 355000

ESRI
Rutland Hall, Loughborough University, Loughborough , Leicestershire, LE11 3TP

Contract details

Cost to the Department: £233,564.00

Actual start date: 16 December 2009

Actual completion date: 29 March 2011

Publication(s)

The Development of Improvements to Drivers Direct and Indirect Vision from Vehicles - Phase 1 Report
Author: Loughborough University and MIRA Limited
Future Publication

The Development of Improvements to Drivers Direct and Indirect Vision from Vehicles - Phase 2 Report
Author: Loughborough University and MIRA Limited
Future Publication

Summary of results

  1. This project confirmed the extent of blind spots on vehicles and made recommendations for improvements based on current and future technologies (those still under development).