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  The Center for Education and Research in Safety has developed a number of safety technologies based on the use of the animated searching eyes with the support of the Transportation Research Board Intelligent Transportation System IDEA program and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Some of these applications are illustrated below.

Image 1 Pedestrian Signal Studies
The LED pedestrian signal with animated ‘‘eyes’’ used to remind pedestrians to look for turning vehicles. This signal reduces conflicts with turning vehicles, and helps blind pedestrians with low vision to tell when it is there turn to walk. Click here or image for more info.

ITS ‘‘EYES’’ APPLICATIONS
The ITS version of the animated ‘‘eyes’’ display includes symbol icons on each side of the eyes display. When sensors detect a particular threat the animated eyes display is illuminated along with the symbol showing the direction of the threat.

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Parking Garage Exit Application
The animated eyes can be used with pedestrian icons to warn motorists to watch for a pedestrian approaching from the right or the left. Click here or image for more info.

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Application at Crosswalks with an Uncontrolled Approach
The animated eyes can be used with pedestrian icons to warn motorists to watch for pedestrians crossing in a crosswalk with an uncontrolled approach. Click here or image for more info.

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Stop Sign Applications
The animated eyes display can be used at stop signs. The eyes remind motorists to look both ways before proceeding. Click here or image for more info.

Image 5 Passive Railroad Crossings
The animated eyes can be used at railway crossings to alert motorists to look for trains before crossing the tracks. Click here or image for more info.

Summary
The results of all this research and of previously reported studies (Van Houten, Retting, Van Houten, Farmer and Malenfant, 1999; Van Houten & Retting, 1999; Van Houten, Van Houten, Malenfant, & Andrus, in press) document that the animated ‘‘eyes’’ display can improve safety in a number of sites where it is important for drivers and pedestrians to look for potential threats. These results also show that an ITS version of the sign that includes symbols of the relevant threat activated by sensors can significantly improve safety. It is interesting to note that this type of ITS display could be used at a number of other potentially hazardous sites. For example: the ‘‘eyes’’ display with emergency vehicle symbols could be used at emergency vehicle exits; the ‘‘eyes’’ display with trolley symbols could be used at intersections where trolley traffic can approach from the right; the eyes could be used with pedestrian and vehicle symbols at locations where multi use trails cross roads; and the eyes could be use with vehicle symbols at stop sign and yield locations with poor sight distance.

 
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