Category Archives: Vehicles

“Not roadworthy”: VTI does not recommend the use of all-weather tyres

All-weather tyres have significantly poorer characteristics than regular winter and summer tyres in all conditions. The traction on icy road surfaces is so poor that the tyres cannot be seen as roadworthy for Swedish winter roads. This is shown in a new report from VTI and Folksam. VTI's...

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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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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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Parking regulations are essential to limit car use in cities and towns

Political anchoring, up-to-date knowledge and precise communication with all involved parties are crucial for ensuring a comprehensive parking policy in Norwegian municipalities. Photo: Shutterstock.com Regulation of parking and establishing a comprehensive parking policy are for many...

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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...

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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...

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The Norwegian charging market for electric cars is chaotic and not very user friendly

The market for electric car charging is characterized by low profitability due to large start-up investments, a complicated system of actors and poor user experiences. The charging market for electric cars is growing rapidly and include many interesting business models, which hopefully can help...

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No easy task for advanced driver assistance systems to read road markings correctly

It is not always easy for advanced driver assistance systems to read road markings. Sunshine, shadows and rain are just some of the factors that can affect readability. The systems are also occasionally confused by longitudinal cracks. VTI researcher Sara Nygårdhs is project manager for...

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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...

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Electric vehicles cut emissions from goods delivery by 94 per cent

Replacing diesel cars with small electric vehicles virtually eliminated greenhouse gas emissions from goods delivery in downtown Oslo. No conflicts or accidents during the test period occurred, but the efficiency of the logistics was not as good as expected beforehand. These are the main...

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