Category Archives: Vehicles

Motorcycle Safety – Updated Knowledge

Motorcycle
Among the most important risk factors for motorcyclists are high speed and young riders, while drunk riding is not a common problem. A new report contains updated versions of five chapters of the Handbook of Road Safety Measures about motorcycle safety. Literature studies were conducted with...

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Major European Project for Safer Cycling

Bicycle standing still.
More and more cyclists are dying or sustaining severe injuries in traffic. A major EU project is studying ways of facilitating the interaction between cyclists and drivers with the help of technical aids in order to reduce the risk of accidents. Cyclists, whose numbers have increased in...

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A Future Without Traffic Signals?

Traffic lights at intersection
Neither traffic signs nor traffic signals may be necessary if all vehicles are self-driving. But many questions remain as to what will be required in the future, which is why the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI), Linköping University (LiU), and the Royal Institute of...

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Electric Roads Now Being Tested in Real Traffic

Electric roads enable the transport sector to be powered by a broad green-energy base of wind, solar, and hydro power. Having stakeholders and policymakers with the courage to make the commitment, Sweden has an opportunity to be a trailblazer. Tests and demonstrations are underway in the Swedish...

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Major Test: What to Think About When Choosing Winter Tyres

Motorway covered in snow
A major debate is underway as to which winter tyres are best, studded or non-studded. But there is more to making a decision as a consumer than just that question. On ice and snow, non-studded tyres made for Nordic conditions differ greatly from those produced for Central European conditions....

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Increased Licensing Age for Light Motorcycles?

Increasing the age limit in Norway for obtaining a light motorcycle driver’s licence from 16 to 18 years is expected to result in a considerable reduction in crash involvement among 16- and 17-year-old riders of powered two-wheelers and three- or four-wheeled mopeds. For crashes resulting in...

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Important Factors for Introducing Electrical Vehicles

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Norway has become the number one country for Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) in the world. In 2015 more than 2 per cent of the total car fleet are BEVs and BEVs and alone accounts for over 17% of new car sales. Generous economic incentives and a range of other factors have been important for the...

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Less-sharp Guardrails Can Save Motorcyclists

Guardrail crash test with motorcycle
Crash tests involving motorcycles and guardrails have been conducted in Sweden for the first time. The results are striking – motorcyclists can look forward to safer guardrails, as demonstrated by four crash tests that the Folksam insurance company has funded at the VTI crash safety...

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Performance Based Standards for High Capacity Transports in Sweden

The transport sector is facing a major challenge to reduce energy consumption and limit environmental impact; therefore, there is a great interest in increasing the efficiency of the transport system in Sweden, which makes the High Capacity Transports (HCT) an attractive solution. In order to...

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New Test Method for Bicycle Tyres Shows the Benefits of Studded Tyres

Image of VTI stationary tyre test facility, rigged with a bicycle tyre.
Traffic safety during cycling is as timely as it is important. Several cycling-related research projects are underway at the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI), and one group of researchers recently developed a method for testing the grip of various bicycle tyres on...

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