Category Archives: Vehicles

Peak fossil fueled based vehicle ownership

Norway’s policy on electric vehicles has led to a tipping point of fossil fueled based vehicle ownership by households. Battery electric vehicles reached in 2017 a market share of 20 per cent in Norway, and a fleet share of 5.1 per cent. This impressive development is the result of large...

Read more
Posted in Uncategorized, Vehicles | Tagged , | Comments Off on Peak fossil fueled based vehicle ownership

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...

Read more
Posted in Intelligent Transport Systems, Safety, Vehicles | Tagged | Comments Off on Increased safety of automated cars

One-third of moped riders own tuned moped

Young Norwegians show positive attitudes regarding road safety. However, about one-third of moped riders own a tuned moped. Researchers at Institute of Transport Economics in Norway (TØI) have done a survey among approximately 800 moped and 1100 light motorcycle riders who had passed the...

Read more
Posted in Vehicles | Tagged , , | Comments Off on One-third of moped riders own tuned moped

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....

Read more
Posted in Intelligent Transport Systems, Safety, Uncategorized, Vehicles | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Service for safety-related traffic information

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...

Read more
Posted in Human Behaviour and Attitudes, Intelligent Transport Systems, Safety, Vehicles | Tagged , | Comments Off on Testing automation in EU project

Self-driving buses for near future

A self-driving, fossil-free bus. This idea might become reality through a forthcoming collaborative project involving the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI), Linköping University and several other participants. The project group aims to have the self-driving bus in...

Read more
Posted in Environment and Climate, Intelligent Transport Systems, Vehicles | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Self-driving buses for near future

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...

Read more
Posted in Cycling, Safety, Vehicles | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Bicycle crashes in Iceland analysed

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...

Read more
Posted in Cycling, Traffic and Traffic Control, Uncategorized, Vehicles | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Pioneering research on bicycles

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...

Read more
Posted in Safety, Uncategorized, Vehicles | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Firefighters’ preparedness for electrical vehicles

Environmental impacts of Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles in Nordic traffic conditions

Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles provide substantial environmental advantages compared with comparable Internal Combustion Engine Vehicles. Two Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles energy consumption, CO2-emission and locally polluting emissions were tested in VTT’s emission laboratory in Finland, at +23°C and...

Read more
Posted in Energy and Fuel, Environment and Climate, Vehicles | Tagged , | Comments Off on Environmental impacts of Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles in Nordic traffic conditions