Category Archives: Traffic and Traffic Control

New insights on the feasibility of C-ITS service provision in the Nordic countries

The Nordic countries have developed C-ITS in a series of NordicWay actions, conducting also evaluation to assess the feasibility of C-ITS service provision in the Nordic countries. Overall, the results showed that the feasibility seems promising. However, work remains in building optimal...

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Possible breakthrough for airless tyres in EU project

Reduced material use, noise levels and rolling resistance. Airless tyres could provide such benefits. A design breakthrough may be on the horizon within LEON-T, an EU research and development project that has 10 partners. VTI is participating through Research Leader Ulf Sandberg. He is responsible...

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Safety impact of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems in Europe

As of July 2022, multiple ADAS have become mandatory for all new vehicle models within the EU. A Master’s thesis carried out at VTT has assessed the potential impact of these systems on traffic safety in the region. The study is particularly focused on projections for the year 2030, aligning...

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HCT: Do longer trucks affect road safety?

Trials of longer, heavier vehicles have shown that they can help reduce climate impact by increasing transport efficiency. Fewer trucks carrying more cargo in a single consignment use less fuel per tonne of goods transported, which in turn results in lower emissions. Several ongoing projects...

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30 km/h general speed limit in urban areas had a positive effect

Several European cities have introduced a general speed limit of 30 km/h in urban areas and the results so far show lower speed, compliance with the speed limit and fewer accidents. This is summarized in a new TØI report that looks at experiences from six European cities, as well as Spain,...

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ROADVIEW – autonomous vehicles in extreme weather

Getting autonomous vehicles to work properly in sunny and dry weather is difficult enough. Add heavy rain, high winds and dense fog and the task becomes even more difficult. The ROADVIEW project is about just that – autonomous vehicles in extreme weather. Chamber where artificial fog is used...

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Norway in the driver’s seat of bus safety

A separate European standard for crash safety in buses should be developed, according to TØI researchers in a new report.  Photo: Shutterstock That's one of the recommendations in a recent TØI report on driver and road safety in Europe and Norway, which was presented at Europe's largest...

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Speed effects of automatic enforcement on urban streets

A recent study evaluated the effects on driving speed of automatic speed enforcement on the street network in Helsinki.  Installing automatic enforcement reduced speeding and in particular the proportion of excessive speeding. There was also a reduction in the proportion of speeding overall...

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Report: Variable speed limits only have benefits

Good compliance, less environmental impact and better road safety. The same journey times on average, but fewer very long queues. A variable speed limit trial has shown a number of benefits – and actually no disadvantages. “This method should be used more,” says the researcher responsible...

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VTI has tested vehicle barriers for the Norwegian government

At the request of the Norwegian government, VTI has conducted crash-tests with barriers that are designed to protect against hostile vehicle attacks. The tests were conducted in April and have contributed to Norway now having a better level of protection for the government quarter in...

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