Category Archives: Safety

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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Loss of field of vision need not mean reduced driving ability

Driving in simulator
The Swedish Transport Agency has tasked the National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI) with developing a simulator-based test method for assessing driving ability in individuals with loss of field of vision. In a newly published report, the researchers describe the approved method, which...

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Mobile phones in cars: how extensive is their use?

Hand holding a phone inside a car.
There are many views and assertions regarding mobile phone use while driving. Researchers at the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI) are conducting a study to gain more knowledge of this issue. The purpose of the study is to objectively investigate how people are...

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Dense automatic speed enforcement effectively reduces speeding

Car passing an automatic speed camera
A recent before-after study supports the earlier concept that automatic speed enforcement is an effective measure for reducing driving speeds and thus improving road safety. Since the introduction of automatic speed enforcement on a highway in Finland, the average share of vehicles speeding by over...

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Focus on unprotected wheel-borne road users

Sign with bicycle
The Länsförsäkringsbolagen (Swedish County Insurance Companies) research fund has been financing a three-year research programme under the auspices of the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI) since the spring of 2015. The aim is to improve the safety of unprotected...

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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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