Fyrhjulsmodeller för bestämning av vägojämnhet: dokumentation av verksamhet på VTI 2002-–2011


In Sweden, longitudinal roughness has been more or less synonymous with the International Roughness Index (IRI). IRI is calculated from a longitudinal profile, and describes the accumulated movement between the wheel and chassis on a quarter-car model. The result is given as this movement divided with the traveled length. In Sweden, the unit millimeters per mere is normally used. The IRI-model is only affected by movements in the vertical direction, and the speed is fixed to 80 km/h. This report presents the work to make a full-car model, with the aim to produce a more realistic view of the movements of a vehicle traveling on a normal road. The benefits with a more realistic vehicle model is that indices with a higher correlation to drivers’ and passengers’ experiences can be made. It should be mentioned that a relatively high correlation between IRI and drivers’ estimates road condition has been shown. A FullCar model should, however, give more detailed information about the effect of the road surface on the vehicle. A truck model could, for example, be used to find sections with a dangerous cross fall. A realistic vehicle model could also be used in studies concerning the deterioration of roads, as the road is partly worn by wheel abrasions and partly deformed by contact forces. A simple model could simulate hundreds of thousands of vehicle passages in only a few minutes.



Vision Zero for Sustainable Road Safety in the Baltic Sea Region

The conference Vision Zero for Sustainable Road Safety in the Baltic Sea Region is held i Vilnius, Lithuania. VTI is part of the organisation committé and also one of the speakers.



VTI participated in conference on electric roads

Systems with electrified roads are a relatively new concept and many projects have been launched in recent years. To stimulate the transfer of knowledge and collaboration, the Research and Innovation Platform for Electric Roads arranged its second...


ADAS&ME is tackling the interaction between people and technology

ADAS&ME is a major EU project focused on automation, the human condition and the human environment. The budget is EUR 9.6 million and VTI is the coordinator.


Users contribute to the development of train simulators

Apart from advanced driving simulators, VTI has developed several variations of train simulators which are used for training, education and research. In recent years, interest has increased drastically among major actors in the railway sector, and VTI has...


VR study to contribute to a better working environment for bus drivers

A study where bus drivers test autonomous driving in a VR environment may contribute to a better working environment with reduced stress on the driver and safer driving.


Non-native plant species spread via transport systems

Researchers at VTI have compiled a report on non-native invasive plant species in Sweden and how they spread via transport systems.


EU-project VIRTUAL: improving road safety with virtual crash tests

Crash tests are used to improve safety on roads. Therefore the EU now funds a research project to develop virtual methods of crash testing. VTI coordinates the project, called VIRTUAL. The project now invites experts interested in Human Body Modeling to join...