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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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Pioneering research on bicycles

Under what circumstances might cyclists lose tyre grip? What actions could then be taken to prevent a crash? The Swedish National Road and  Transport Research Institute is currently developing a theoretical model of the behaviour of bicycle tyres during braking and steering in different...

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International Conference on Electric Road Systems in Sweden, June 2017

The Swedish Research and Innovation Platform for electric roads, where VTI is one of the partners, is arranging the first dedicated international conference on the topic, 14-15th of June 2017. The venue is Sandviken in Sweden where Europe's first Electric Road System (ERS) implementation in...

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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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Virtual pedestrians create efficient stations

If more people are to choose sustainable travel, then the public transport stations of the future must be designed so that pedestrians can get where they are going quickly, without congestion or queues. The Swedish Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI) is developing methods for simulating how...

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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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Nordic capitals are prioritising pedestrians

Street with people in Stockholm
Helsinki, Stockholm and Copenhagen are all working strategically with pedestrian prioritising and urban life. Car free city centres are high on the political agenda in many Nordic cities and in a range of European countries. New policy measures are applied and in many cases, significant...

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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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Fossil-free fuels make a clear leap forward

Each year the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI) organizes the Nordic region’s largest annual conference for the transport sector. For three years running there has been a session on Transportforum dealing with the development of new infrastructure for the fossil-free...

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Sustainability a long way off for aviation

Jumbo jet in level flight high above clouds
It is hardly a secret that aviation must reduce its negative impact on the climate. This will require either less air travel or a breakthrough in sustainable aviation fuels. Emissions per flight are decreasing, thanks to more efficient engines, lighter aircraft, more seats per aircraft, and...

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