Category Archives: Safety

EU project protects cyclists and pedestrians

According to the World Health Organisation, more than one quarter of road traffic fatalities in 2010 were pedestrians and cyclists. Every year, about 335,000 unprotected road users die because of traffic accidents, which shows the scale of the problem. The EU project Prospect intends to reduce the...

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Bicycle helmets – To wear or not to wear?

A man wearing a bicycle helmet
Bicycle helmets reduce serious head injury by 60 percent. Chief Research Officer at the Institute of Transport Economics (TØI) Alena Høye has conducted a meta-analysis of the effects of bicycle helmets on serious head injury and other injuries among crash involved cyclists. 179 effect...

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Testing unmanned aircraft for roadside snowpack avalanche evaluation

Can unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) support the Norwegian Public Roads Administration’s (NPRA) mission to monitor snow avalanche hazards above their roads? NPRA staff recognized that UASs (often called drones) could reduce the need for avalanche staff to travel to dangerous avalanche zones and...

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EU project on traffic safety and crash testing

A virtual model of the human, developed in the the Vinnova financed project VIVA
Crash safety testing is one of the tools used to improve safety on roads. The EU is therefore funding a research project that started recently to develop virtual methods of crash testing. The long-term goal is to supplement the physical evaluation of crash protection in and from the cars by virtual...

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Increased safety of automated cars

Several steps are necessary to ensure that automated and connected cars will lead to increased traffic safety – everything from ensuring that technology takes vulnerable road users into account, to new forms of driver training. This has emerged in a position paper created by the Forum of European...

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Service for safety-related traffic information

The NordicWay Coop-project successfully piloted a service providing safety-related traffic information through cellular networks to road users in Finland. The users received the service well and the service was assessed to reduce accidents and thus have both traffic safety and travel time benefits....

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New car 30-40 percent safer than 10 year-old-car

The likelihood of being killed or severely injured in a traffic accident is 30-40 percent lower if you drive a new car as compared to one that is 10 years old. This is stated in a new report from the Institute of Transport Economics, which summarizes international research literature in this...

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Testing automation in EU project

The Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI) is leading a series of tests in a major EU project on automated driving. The first driving tests were carried out on a test track in Slovenia in December 2017. The project will focus in part on acceptance among different groups in...

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Road Safety on Five Continents. Registration open!

Road Safety on Five Continents
May 16-18, 2018 the RS5C conference will take place on Jeju Island, South Korea. The conference is organised by VTI in close cooperation with Korea Transportation Safety Authority (KOTSA, TS) and Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT) in South Korea. With focus on traffic safety...

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Accident risks of different weather conditions

According to a recent study, poor weather conditions increase the accident risk more on motorways compared to two-lane and multiple-lane roads. The study analysed the accident risk from a single drivers’ point of view and the relative accident risk was related to the time spent on the road...

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