CE-100 Human and Vehicle Characteristics

Human and Vehicle Characteristics

Human and Vehicle Characteristics

Human and Vehicle Characteristics PDH online course is a part of the Civil and Transportation course category. Course covers a full range of topics and design examples related to human and vehicle characteristics intended to provide engineers with the information needed to make knowledgeable decisions regarding traffic analysis and road design. This course can be taken as part of both Professional Engineering as well as the TPCB license renewal continuing education requirements.

Human beings as vehicle operators and pedestrians are prime elements in highway traffic and must be properly guided and controlled. Behavior of individual drivers in a traffic stream is frequently the factor that establishes the characteristics of that traffic. Pedestrian performance capabilities are often below the minimum standards expected of licensed vehicle operators, and this must be recognized in designing for their control.

Understanding human and vehicle characteristics is crucial in traffic analysis and engineering for creating safe and efficient transportation systems. Human factors, including driver behavior, reaction times, and cognitive abilities, influence traffic flow, accident rates, and overall road safety. Vehicle characteristics, such as size, speed capabilities, and technology integration, impact road capacity and interaction dynamics. Analyzing these elements allows engineers to design roads, signals, and intersections that accommodate diverse user needs, promoting smoother traffic flow and minimizing congestion and accidents. Considering the evolving landscape of transportation, incorporating human and vehicle characteristics in engineering practices ensures adaptable and resilient infrastructure for the future.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you will:

  • Understand how human brain processes information
  • Learn how humans receive the information through their senses
  • Understand how Perception, Intellection, and Movement Control processes occur in the human brain
  • Know the typical Perception-Response Time, as well as the physical and psychological modifying factors
  • Understand how special categories (disabled or elderly) may have a different response to situations
  • Explain how human factor can cause systems failure and unavailability
  • Explain how characteristics and performance capability of motor vehicles play a major role in defining the tasks of traffic engineering
  • Be able to calculate skidding and stopping distances basd on various factors (speed, surface, etc)

Target audiences

  • Professional Engineers
  • Professional Traffic Operations Engineer
  • Professional Transportation Planner
  • Road Safety Professional - Level 1
  • Road Safety Professional - Level 2

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