The Road/Lane Departure Warning System is a crash-avoidance technology which warns drivers if they are drifting (or have drifted) out of their lane or from the road. This warning system is designed to help prevent the possibility of a run-off-road crash. This system will not take control of the vehicle; it will only let the driver know that he/she needs to steer back into the lane. This warning system is not designed as a lane-change monitor, or a merging system which warns of other vehicles. This informational report applies to OEM and after-market Road/Lane Departure warning systems for light-duty vehicles on relatively straight roads with a radius of curvature of 500m or more, and under good weather conditions. Future revisions should consider the implications of newer variations on the user experience.
Detailed human interface recommendations do not currently exist for road or lane departure warning systems. Knowledge of driver behavior regarding in-vehicle warning systems has not yet been compiled into a document specifically for road or lane departure warnings. The information given in this report will assist designers in the creation of the human interface for road/lane departure warning systems.