Samband mellan vägbelysningsnivå och spontant vald hastighet: förstudie


If something in the road environment is improved, there is always a risk that the drivers will compensate for the better conditions by increasing speed. As an example, one study showed that the introduction of delineator posts in Finland increased the average speed by as much as 10 km/h on curvy roads. Another study, carried out in Norway, showed an increase in speed of 1 – 5 per cent when road lighting was put up. Therefore, one reasonable hypothesis is that speed will increase with increasing lighting level. The primary purpose with this study was to test a method for measurement of spontaneous choice of speed related to lighting level. This means studying the speed chosen by a driver when he or she is not disturbed by other traffic. Space mean speed was measured by the use of an instrumented vehicle which could register speed continuously. Furthermore, this vehicle was equipped with a video front camera which made it possible to afterwards reject measurements which were not undisturbed. Each subject drove the test road, which had an illumination level of 0 to 30 lx, at off-peak hours both in daylight and darkness. The speed limit on all test sections was 50 km/h, all sections dry and illuminated on one side, only. However, one section had no stationary lighting at all. The method for data collection worked out, but was slow. The results show a weak, but clear tendency to higher speed with higher illumination level. The number of subjects, six, were small, therefore significant results should not be expected.



Millions for research into maritime transport and the environment

Maritime transport is a major source of emissions of harmful air pollutants and carbon dioxide. In a new project, a research team from the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI) and the University of Gothenburg has received SEK 6.4...


New research programme for more efficient travel

The Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI) is playing an important role in a major new research programme to find radical solutions leading to fewer trips and more efficient travel, along with tools to enable better use of roads and...


Simulator used to practice emergency responses safely

Emergency responses of the police, ambulance, and rescue services are associated with a high risk of accidents, but practicing them in real traffic is neither safe nor permissible. A simulator-based method developed by the Swedish National Road and Transport...


Simulation of cut-in by manually driven vehicles in platooning scenarios

A study in a VTI-driving simulator has showed that a platoon will be able to handle a cut in from a manually driven car. The results of this study have recently been presented at two conferences in Japan.



The five-year anniversary of European Road Profile Users' Group (ERPUG) Forum will take place at Ramboll head quarter, Copenhagen, Denmark October 19-20, 2017.


Self-driving buses in Sweden next year?

A self-driving, fossil-free bus. This idea might become reality through a forthcoming collaborative project involving the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI), Linköping University and several other participants. The project group aim...