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.



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.

The 6st Humanist Conference

The 6th HUMANIST Conference will take place 13-14 June 2018 in the Hague, The Netherlands. The scope of the conference covers a wide range of topics on Human Factors in Transport. Tania Willstrand and Alexander Eriksson will present their research results.



VTI will develop simulators for ambulance staff

VTI has initiated a pilot study for paramedics with the Centre for Teaching & Research in Disaster Medicine and Traumatology and Linköping University. The aim is to give ambulance staff the opportunity to practice critical medical tasks in a moving vehicle in...


Unique electrified road opens in Sweden

The world’s first electrified road recharging the batteries of cars and trucks while driving opened in Sweden. The Swedish Minister for Infrastructure, Tomas Eneroth, was at the formal inauguration of the electrified road on April 11, 2018. VTI is one of 22...


Swedish road safety spreads internationally

Sweden is a leading country in terms of road safety, and the research conducted by the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI) has contributed to increased safety. VTI’s remit includes disseminating research results and keeping up to date...


A greater understanding of cyclists' behaviour

Cyclists are often accused of not following traffic rules and being hooligans on the road. New research shows that there is no support for this perception. "Our observations reveal no such general anarchy" says Sonja Forward, researcher at VTI.


New technology for road surface measurement tested

VTI has tested a new scanning-laser technology for road surface measurement. The tests show the new technology for comprehensive transverse-profile measurement provides dependable values in measuring transverse profile and rut depth.


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.