High risk zones, high risk conditions

Daniel Heuchenne

As far as road safety is concerned, the Walloon Region of Belgium hasconcentrated its action on two fields: the road network and the drivers'behaviour. High-risk sites are detected by means of an automatic method forsearching accident concentrations that is an extended concept of black spots.Once located, each of these sites will be submitted to a multi-criteriaanalysis taking account of the number of victims, geometry, traffic and thefrontage residents' density. Each of these sites then receives a global markindicating the importance of an intervention. The sites concerned areclassified annually according to this mark and the selected sites areanalysed from the accidents' point of view. An efficiency comparison in thencarried on and finally a confrontation with the knowledge of the physicalfield of local authorities and local road managers. When it comes to thedriver the aim is to determine the most frequent mechanical and sociologicalcauses of injury road accidents. An accident is generally due to theconjunction of several factors. Each combination of sociological andmechanical factors defines an accident sequence. The most frequent sequencesthus must be specified in order to know: 1) the mechanical causes (slipperybend, etc); 2) the targets (for instance: young unmarried drivers). Twocomplementary databases are available: the forms filled in by the policeofficers after an accident and the national survey on household mobilitycarried out in 1999. Both of these data sources have variables in common,which allows cross-checking.



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.



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...


EU project protects cyclists and pedestrians

According to the World Health Organisation, more than one quarter of road traffic fatalities in 2010 were pedestrians and cyclists. Every year, about 335,000 unprotected road users die because of traffic accidents, which shows the scale of the problem. The EU...


Swedish organisations in EU project on traffic safety and crash testing

Crash safety testing is one of the tools used to improve safety on roads. The EU is therefore funding a research project that started recently to develop virtual methods of crash testing. The long-term goal is to supplement the physical evaluation of crash...