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Category Archives: Safety
Multiple new EU projects underway
A total of seven applications from the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI) have been granted by Horizon Europe, the European Union’s key funding programme for research and innovation. Grant applications from VTI have enjoyed a high success rate. Of 17 applications...
Posted in Flight, Human Behaviour and Attitudes, Intelligent Transport Systems, Safety, Shipping, Simulation, Traffic and Traffic Control, Vehicles Tagged EU, EU-project, Horizon Europe Comments Off on Multiple new EU projects underway
The risk of road accidents increases as more and more roads become polished
In recent years, there have been a number of serious road accidents due to motorists skidding off the road. The reason is believed to be that the country's roads are becoming increasingly smooth. VTI has investigated the cause of the problem in a pilot study. New designs of studded tyres, a rise...
Posted in Environment and Climate, Human Behaviour and Attitudes, Infrastructure, Maintenance, Passenger Transport, Safety, Traffic and Traffic Control, Vehicles Tagged SBUF, swedish construction industry, swedish transport administration Comments Off on The risk of road accidents increases as more and more roads become polished
VTI develops models for crash tests of both women and men
The aim is to be able to evaluate the protection provided by car seats in the event of a collision – and that it applies to everyone, regardless of gender. This is not the case today. Researchers at VTI and Chalmers have therefore developed two seat evaluation tools that correspond to a female...
Posted in Safety Tagged collision, crash test model, crash tests, seat evaluation tool Comments Off on VTI develops models for crash tests of both women and men
Emphasis on road safety at RS5C
RS5C stands for Road Safety on Five Continents and is VTI’s international conference focusing on road safety. This conference is aimed at researchers, authorities and other stakeholders, and its objective is to share and create cooperation on research results in the field of transport and road...
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Finnish results from the European Baseline project for the alcohol, speed, and post-crash care KPIs
The European Baseline project aimed to develop and harmonise the methodology for collecting a set of key performance indicators concerning traffic safety in Europe. Finland was one of the 19 EU member states involved in the project. As part of the project, Finland collected and reported the...
Posted in Safety Tagged blood alcohol content, drunken driving, emergency, mobile phones, performance indicators, safety, traffic safety Comments Off on Finnish results from the European Baseline project for the alcohol, speed, and post-crash care KPIs
VTI involved in developing ITF’s global road safety guide
A Vision Zero-inspired safe road system for the entire world, also referred to as a Safe System. That's the aim of a guide from the International Transport Forum (ITF) and the World Bank. VTI participated in production of the report, published this summer. "It has been a long process involving...
Posted in Safety Tagged International Transport Forum, ITF, road safety, Safe System, vision zero Comments Off on VTI involved in developing ITF’s global road safety guide
Vulnerable road users involved in accidents and their injuries
The Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI) has conducted a comparative study on vulnerable road users, their involvement in accidents and injury outcomes. The risk of serious injury was greatest for pedestrians, especially older women. Other vulnerable groups were young male...
Posted in Cycling, Safety Tagged accidents, cyclists, injuries, moped riders, motorcyclists, pedestrians, risks, road user Comments Off on Vulnerable road users involved in accidents and their injuries
Accidents potentially affected by conditionally automated vehicles in Finland
A recent study identified the potentially affected accidents by conditionally automated vehicles (SAE3) in Finland. The study was based on identifying the road network where the systems can be used and calculating the network’s current safety situation in terms of expected number of injury...
Posted in Safety Tagged automated driving systems, automated vehicles, collisions, injury, safety Comments Off on Accidents potentially affected by conditionally automated vehicles in Finland
The rapid increase of E-scooters translates into more accidents
E-scooters have shown to be a new popular mode of transport. VSO Consulting for the Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration's research fund has investigated different aspects of e-scooters such as use and accident risk. In recent years, e-scooters have been making their way as a new active...
Posted in Safety, Vehicles Tagged accident risk, e-scooters, electric scooters Comments Off on The rapid increase of E-scooters translates into more accidents
Pedestrian slip-and-fall accidents and their prevention
According to a recent study by VTT, pedestrian slip-and-fall accidents occur frequently during winter causing substantial suffering and societal costs in Finland. Icy walking conditions, insufficient winter maintenance and inappropriate shoes often contribute to falls. Moreover, the consequences...
Posted in Safety Tagged accident, accident risk, pedestrians, slippery road, walking, winter conditions Comments Off on Pedestrian slip-and-fall accidents and their prevention