Category Archives: Safety

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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Simulator used to practice emergency responses safely

Emergency responses of the police, ambulance, and rescue services are associated with a high risk of accidents, but practicing them in real traffic is neither safe nor permissible. A simulator-based method developed by the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI) offers a unique...

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Bicycle crashes in Iceland analysed

Bicycling has become a popular way to commute in Iceland, as well as a way to exercise and enjoy the outdoors. Due to the broad group of cyclists, in terms of age composition and bicycle use, it can be tricky to identify the main problems this group of road users is facing. This article summarizes...

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Accidents and safety attitudes towards leisure boat use in Norway

Older boat owners are more law abiding, but most Norwegians follow the safety regulations at sea.  Approximately 30 persons die each year in leisure boat accidents in Norway. More than 90 percent of these persons are men, and a majority of the victims were not wearing personal floating...

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Firefighters’ preparedness for electrical vehicles

A case study from The Swedish National Road and Transport Research institute (VTI) presents a social perspective on new vehicle technology. It explores the self-reported preparedness of the fire departments (i.e., rescue services) and municipal officials’  in Sweden’s three largest cities...

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