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An innovative solution to continuing misuse of red light on automobiles.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1437011     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A novel approach [referred to as the RLMS (Red Light Means Stop) approach] to automotive rear lighting has recently been suggested as a means to enhance perceptibility of the rear lights. In the RLMS approach, only red colored light is displayed during braking, and only amber colored light is displayed at other times. Color per se then provides, for most drivers, an immediately perceptible visual stimulus by which brake lights are distinguished from tail lights. In earlier testing, simultaneous display of nonred tail lights and red brake lights confronted test subjects with antagonistic visual stimuli, thereby compromising, and underutilizing, the value of color. It is suggested that the potential safety value of the RLMS approach is significant, and that comprehensive testing should be conducted in a timely manner.
D L Cameron
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Optometry and vision science : official publication of the American Academy of Optometry     Volume:  69     ISSN:  1040-5488     ISO Abbreviation:  Optom Vis Sci     Publication Date:  1992 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-12-22     Completed Date:  1992-12-22     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8904931     Medline TA:  Optom Vis Sci     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  702-4     Citation Subset:  IM; S    
Physical Science Department, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Florida.
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MeSH Terms
Accidents, Traffic / prevention & control
Automobile Driving*
Color Perception / physiology
Visual Perception / physiology*
Comment In:
Optom Vis Sci. 1993 Jan;70(1):86-7   [PMID:  8430013 ]

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