MPD and IRI in the position of large goods vehicles: network measurements


Monitoring of the state road network in Sweden includes the longitudinal measurements of International Roughness Index (IRI) and Mean Profile Depth (MPD). This data can be used to predict values associated with rolling resistance, comfort and vehicle wear. The paths of the measurements correspond to the surface contact points of the wheels of a light passenger vehicle. In Sweden, lateral position comparisons made between medium and large goods vehicles show that right wheel track positions are not similar. This applies to larger and wider roads (typical motorways and other wide main roads). Knowledge of the surface conditions (IRI and MPD) at the surface contact points associated with a large goods vehicle would prove to be useful when predicting e.g. rolling resistance for large goods vehicles on entire or local road networks. If these conditions are not measured, it is important to know how they differ from the values in the measured path. Using this knowledge VTI’s measurement vehicle was equipped with two extra texture lasers which were mounted to the right of the ordinary texture laser in the right wheel track. Data was collected on a road network with mixed categories of road standard, from secondary roads to motorways. During the study, differences in IRI and MPD values were analysed. Values corresponded to the position of light passenger vehicles right wheel paths and two other paths 25 centimetre and 45 centimetre further out to the right (position of medium and large goods vehicles). The possibility of predicting local differences (shorter sections) and average differences was analysed.



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

Several steps are necessary to ensure that automated and connected cars will lead to increased traffic safety – everything from ensuring that technology takes vulnerable road users into account, to new forms of driver training. This has emerged in a position...


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.