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.



Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) workshop in Stockholm

An open seminar and workshop in Stockholm will be held on 25-26 April 2018. The workshop deals with the use of CBA as a basis for decision-making in the public sector. The workshop is organized by, among others, Professor Jan-Eric Nilsson, VTI.



Ulf Sandberg has been presented with the TTI Lifetime Achievement Award 2018

VTI’s Senior Research Leader Ulf Sandberg has been presented with the TTI Lifetime Achievement Award 2018 for his work on research into tyres and road surface.


Steps need to be taken to increase traffic safety of automated cars

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FALCON examines challenges in the transport sector

VTI is one of several important partners in the major FALCON project*, whose purpose is to create knowledge and insight regarding the transport sector. In an initial subproject, VTI has produced a manual on transport, logistics and multimodality.


VTI joined research cooperation in China

In December 2017 VTI became a member of China-Sweden Research Centre for Traffic Safety (CTS).


Swedish German research collaboration on Electric Road Systems

The project “Swedish-German research collaboration on Electric Road Systems” (CollERS) has now officially started. The goal of the project is to increase the common knowledge around Electric Road Systems by cooperation between Germany and Sweden and to...


Electric Road Systems Conference 2018

After a successful first conference in June 2017, the Swedish research and innovation platform for electric roads is arranging the second dedicated International Conference on Electric Road Systems (ERS) June 13th and 14th 2018.