Fatiha Moutchou, Abdelghani Cherkaoui, El Miloudi El Koursi

Last modified: 2017-02-28


Drivers’ behaviour in intersections crossed by the tram is not only influenced by the rules of the tramway priority in the intersection but also by the road features that influence right or wrong behaviour of the driver. The driver follows the road with expectation and orientation logic formed by his experience and recent perceptions. This means that the road has to be constructed accordingly, so as to be understood, perceptible and recognizable. Our research was aimed at finding out, how, in the dynamics of driving in intersection crossed
by the tram, do drivers perceive and identify road situations, change in them, and the regulating actions they imply. We consider the causes of driver’s operational error as the first step in a chain of actions, which may proceed to unwanted events. This paper describe our methodology for the analysis of driver behavior in real driving conditions, involving two techniques: the observation and measurement of two intersections crossed by tram at Rabat city,
which were selected according to the number of collision and related incidents that occurred there combined with an assessment of the driver’s behaviour during a journey made from within the vehicle itself. The merits of such an approach are highlighted and the main results are discussed and interpreted.


human factor, cognition, intersection, tramway, road environment, representation and perception logic

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