Category Archives: Safety

RS5C – Call for abstracts now open

Road Safety on Five Continents
Call for abstracts and special sessions to the 18th international conference Road Safety on Five Continents (RS5C) is now open. In 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...

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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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Collaborative Approach for Better Mobility Solutions

The TEAM project (Tomorrow’s Elastic Adaptive Mobility, 2012-2016), co-funded by the European Commission, created building blocks for connected and collaborative mobility. Eleven applications were developed for travellers and traffic management professionals to enable better mobility solutions....

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Unmanned Aircraft for Roadside Avalanche Monitoring

Unmanned aircraft
The Norwegian Public Roads Administration (NPRA) recognizes that unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are increasingly capable and potentially can replace the use of helicopters for avalanche monitoring, but there are challenges for the use of these. The NPRA has an active maintenance program...

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Active Driving Style Reduces Risk of ATV Rollover

According to earlier research, rollovers are a type of accident that often has severe consequences for ATV drivers. A recently published VTI study demonstrates that an active driving style is needed to drive an ATV safely, but that the requisite training is currently lacking. Researchers at...

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Motorcycle Safety – Updated Knowledge

Motorcycle
Among the most important risk factors for motorcyclists are high speed and young riders, while drunk riding is not a common problem. A new report contains updated versions of five chapters of the Handbook of Road Safety Measures about motorcycle safety. Literature studies were conducted with...

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15 Types of Countermeasures for use in Fatigue Risk Management

Person in bed shutting alarm clock off.
Increased safety in land- and sea-based transport can be achieved if more employers manage the risks related to operator fatigue. An effective way to do this is to select and apply a number of countermeasures to manage fatigue along a risk trajectory, beginning with the nature and timing of work...

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Major European Project for Safer Cycling

Bicycle standing still.
More and more cyclists are dying or sustaining severe injuries in traffic. A major EU project is studying ways of facilitating the interaction between cyclists and drivers with the help of technical aids in order to reduce the risk of accidents. Cyclists, whose numbers have increased in...

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Winter Driving and Lack of Experience Cause Accidents

Lorry seen from the side.
Foreign drivers of heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) in Norway have three times the risk of being involved in a single vehicle accident than drivers of domestic HGVs. A recent study uses several methods to examine safety outcomes, risk factors and measures associated with increasing...

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Yielding Rates Increase at Crosswalks with “SeeMe”

A crosswalk sign at dusk.
A recent study shows that the pedestrian crosswalk warning system "SeeMe" increases the yielding rate on average by 14 per cent. "SeeMe" is a warning system with automatic pedestrian detection that is mounted on crosswalk signs. Amber flashing lights are activated when pedestrians are...

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