Get out of the way: An article on the history of ambulance warning lights


This article was published on Gizmodo Australia in early June and provides a brief history of warning lights before discussing the important research undertaken by Michael Flannagan and his associates at the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute. I have discussed Michael’s comprehensive work on emergency vehicle warning lights before in this blog and as part of my PowerPoint presentations. This article is a gentle introduction to the raw research which is a highly recommended read and available from the AV website or by direct download using the links below

Read the Gizmodo article by Rachel Swaby – HERE

Color Identification in the Visual periphery: Consequences of Color coding of vehicle signals – Sivak, M. Flannagan, M. Miyokawa, T. Traube, E. – UMTRI, July 1999 CLICK HERE

Effects of Warning Lamp Color and Intensity on Driver Vision*
Flannagan, M.A Blower, D.A Devonshire, J. – UMTRI, October 2008


About John Killeen (Ambulance Visibility)

John Killeen is a former Intensive Care Paramedic who authors the Ambulance Visibility research website & blog
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