Development of a prediction model for wet road marking retroreflectivity: mobile measurement of road marking performance

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 17:00

During the last ten years, dry road marking retro reflectivity has been measured by the use of mobile equipment. However, due to a growing interest in the performance of wet road markings, the use of road markings with a profiled surface is common in many European countries today. When measuring this type of marking with the use of mobile equipment in wet weather conditions, one problem arises: The measured retroreflectivity will be affected by splash from the wheels of the measurement vehicle, which can be avoided only by driving extremely slowly. Therefore, in order to carry out measurement at the speed of surrounding traffic, measurements must be accomplished on dry road markings. So far, regarding mobile measurement, wet road marking retroreflectivity has been predicted using a model involving the dry road marking retroreflectivity and the mean profile depth (MPD) of the profile. However, the precision of the predictions is poor and there is a desire to improve the model.  The full report is available online at


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