Category Archives: Passenger Transport

Winter Tyres: Small Differences in Grip

Researchers at the Swedish Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI) have studied how grip on wet asphalt under winter conditions deteriorates with the age and wear of different types of winter tyres. “We focused in particular on comparing studded and non-studded winter tyres in the...

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Simulated Pedestrian Traffic Key Piece of the Puzzle for Sustainable Trips

Society’s interest in planning for pedestrian traffic is growing. Planners are increasingly concerned with ensuring that the interaction between different types of transportation, such as public transport, walking, and cycling, operates as flexibly as possible to increase the proportion of...

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Fatigue a Problem in the Transport Sector

Image of a man driving a tram.
29 per cent of a sample of Norwegian transport operators report at least one episode of sleeping or nodding off while operating in the course of a three-month period. Based on retrospective ratings of the most recent operating period, alertness is found to decrease rapidly towards the final hour of...

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“Time to Get a Divorce from the Car”

Mobile phone connected to transport modes.
Currently, many in Sweden are getting their driving licences later in life and interest in car ownership is waning. Mobility services that combine multiple types of transport to make daily trips could consequently expand in scope. Presenters at Transportforum shared their visions and...

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Gothenburg Celebrates 400 Years in the Air

Artist’s renditions of cableway from the City of Gothenburg.
Upon turning 400, Gothenburg intends to celebrate by completing a cableway that spans the Göta River. Thousands of people are expected to make their daily commute on the cableway. The idea of a cableway for public transport was presented in detail at Transportforum in Linköping. Travel in...

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Greater Risk for Motorcyclists in Intersections and on Small Roads

motorcyclist in traffic
Deaths and severe injuries of motorcyclists occur more often in urban areas, in intersections and on smaller roads than is the case for car drivers. A VTI study reveals where and how severely motorcyclists are being injured. Calculations for 2011 and 2012 show that, in the April–October...

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Better Traffic Flow with Adaptable Speed Bumps

Adapable speedbumps.
More alternatives are emerging that lack the downsides of permanent speed bumps. VTI has examined the types of available dynamic speed bumps and assessed which could suit the Nordic climate. An alternative speed bump can be either passively or actively dynamic. Passively dynamic speed bumps...

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Sweden Has One of the Biggest Reductions in Car Occupant Deaths

The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) presents reports covering trends in car occupant safety twice a year, where 32 countries in and around Europe contribute with data for comparison. Two of the facts highlighted in this report is that seat-belt reminder alerts in all car seats could save...

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“BEST” – a Programme for Improved Traffic Safety

Bicyclist in traffic
In 2013, the Norwegian Public Roads Administration initiated a five-year research programme called “BEST” (“Bedre Sikkerhet i Trafikken” , literally “Better Safety in Traffic”). The main purpose of this programme is to generate knowledge that may be of crucial importance when it...

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Test Method Being Developed to Assess Ability to Drive in Individuals with Field of Vision Loss

Working with medical experts at Sahlgrenska University Hospital and the Swedish Transport Agency, researchers at the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI) are developing a standardised test method for assessing field of vision defects in car drivers. This method will help the...

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