Category Archives: Vehicles

Norwegian car sellers believe the future is electric

Considering the electric vehicles to be the future, the salespeople in Norway appreciate the electric car sales. Researchers at TØI, KTH and RISE/Viktoria AB in Sweden have conducted a survey of 1000 vehicle buyers in Sweden and Norway as well as interviews with Norwegian car...

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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...

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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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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...

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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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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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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...

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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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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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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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