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Intelligent Rat-Runners: Impact of Car Navigation Systems on Safety of Residential Roads

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Abstract

The authors investigated the phenomenon of “intelligent rat-runners”—that is, road drivers that use car navigation systems to drive through residential areas in order to avoid congested traffic on arterial roads. A nationwide questionnaire survey revealed that some of such drivers, as a result of having to look at the displays of their navigation systems, have had experiences that could have resulted in serious accidents. A driving experiment conducted showed that drivers with access to information about narrow streets and route guidance through their navigation systems have a greater tendency to avoid congested arterial roads by turning into residential areas.

Keywords

Car navigation system Rat-runner Residential area Traffic safety Traffic calming 

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Acknowledgments

This work was supported by International Association of Traffic and Safety Science. The authors also thank Japan Automobile Federation for their cooperation.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aya Kojima
    • 1
  • Susanne Elfferding
    • 2
  • Hisashi Kubota
    • 1
  1. 1.Graduate School of Science & EngineeringSaitama UniversitySaitamaJapan
  2. 2.HamburgGermany

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