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Their range of competence is by definition limited to the area of that task (or to a sub-group of conditions in which that task is performed). The mediation offered is thus only partial, the driver will always need to have direct control over interaction with the road environment and he will remain responsible for the overall management of his driving. The integration of these systems into the overall driving activity thus becomes a critical issue that needs to be carefully studied. Earlier evaluation work of driving aid prototypes in real situations (Malaterre and Saad, 1986) highlighted the difficulties of integration linked to an overly normative conception of drivers' needs for assistance and to the substantial discrepancies between the functions assigned to these aids by the designers and drivers' objectives and strategies, which vary according to the situational context (infrastructure and traffic related) and the tasks to be performed.
The problem in these accidents is generally not that the driver on the minor road has not realised that there is a junction, but that the driver, having slowed down or stopped at the junction, emerges and collides with a vehicle that he/she has either not seen or whose approach speed or path has been misjudged. There are a large number of alternative solutions available for this problem, some in common practice and some more futuristic. Some of these solutions are: • to replace a crossroads with two T-junctions (a 'staggered' junction) so that drivers going straight ahead across the major road have two separate manoeuvring decisions to make instead of one simultaneous assessment of both directions of the major-road traffic; • to implement a mini-roundabout, once again reducing the decision to the assessment of a single traffic stream, reducing conflicting movements and reducing the closing speeds of the conflicting traffic; • to implement a three-way or four-way stop sign in which traffic on all approaches is stopped (this can be seen as the North American equivalent to the mini-roundabout, but it is arguably more pedestrian-friendly); • to improve sight lines by removing visual obstructions; • to slow down the major road traffic by some form of road narrowing, horizontal deflection (chicane) or vertical deflection (hump or speed cushion); • to introduce and enforce lower speed limits on the major road; • to implement an in-vehicle warning system to alert the drivers on the minor road about the approach of vehicles on the major road and perhaps to indicate which gaps are unsafe; • to implement an Intelligent Speed Adaptation (ISA) system in which vehicle maximum speed is controlled electronically and to include in that ISA a feature that slows down major road traffic on the approach to junctions.
The speed limit for the inbound train was 100 mph; that for the outbound train was 70 mph. The inbound train was actually travelling at 70 mph, the outbound one at 50 mph. Typical speed limits around other London main line stations are 30 mph (The Guardian, 7 October 1999). The high speeds clearly affected the severity of the crash (both trains caught on fire on impact) and perhaps reduced the possibility of avoiding the crash in the first place. That speed was a factor has been implicitly accepted by the Health and Safety Executive, which decided that when the lines were reopened speeds would be limited to 50 mph (The Guardian, 20 October 1999).