Current Right-of-Way Research Topics
- The Possible Effects of Commercial Electronic Variable Message Signs (CEVMS) on Driver Attention and Distraction (or PDF, 446KB) - This February 2009 report reviewed research concerning the possible effects of CEVMS used for outdoor advertising on driver safety, including possible attention and distraction effects. The study identified and evaluated the most significant measures and issues involved, and developed research methods needed to secure reliable data information.
- CEVMS and Driver Visual Behavior Study - Peer Reviewed Report (or PDF, 1.6MB) - The study investigated the effects of CEVMS on driver visual behavior by using an instrumented vehicle with an eye tracking system. FHWA conducted carefully designed test runs in Reading, Pennsylvania, and Richmond, Virginia, with devices placed in the car to measure each driver's eye movements throughout the test runs.
- This final report incorporates the study results, as well as the peer review comments.