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Unique electrified road opens in Sweden

The world’s first electrified road recharging the batteries of cars and trucks while driving opened in Sweden. The Swedish Minister for Infrastructure, Tomas Eneroth, was at the formal inauguration of the electrified road on April 11, 2018. The stretch of road outside Stockholm...

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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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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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Preparing for automated vehicles

Automation of traffic systems will lead to major changes. The European Union’s (EU) CoEXist research project began in June 2017 with the aim of preparing cities and road operators for the introduction of self-driving vehicles. The Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI) is...

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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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