Självförklarande gator: samband mellan faktisk hastighet, hastighetsgräns och trafikmiljö


The aim of this study was to improve the understanding of the concept of self-explaining roads in urban areas by studying the relationship between speeds at a particular location, the speed limit and the road environment. The relationship between actual speed levels, speed limit and traffic environment has been studied based on earlier speed measurements in 23 different cities and a total of 69 measuring points. In addition, traffic engineers from 73 different municipalities studied photos from 20 different locations and made an assessment of the speed limit at the site, so-called blind estimation.

The results show that when the relationship between the speed levels and a number of site-specific background variables was studied, the actual speed levels were explained not only by road-specific variables such as speed limits, traffic flow and road type, but also variables that describe the surrounding environment such as type of area (inner city, residential areas, outside city areas) and presence of vulnerable road users. Blind-estimates of speed limits show that it is difficult to estimate a speed limit only by looking at a photo. Roads with speed limit 70 km/h were most easy to estimate (67% hit-rate) and roads with speed limit 60 km/h were most difficult (35% hit-rate). A logistic regression showed that lane width was the most important factor when predicting the speed limit by only looking at a photo.

The results showed that the probability of a correct estimate of the speed limit increases the narrower the road gets. In conclusion, the concept of self-explaining roads in urban areas is very difficult with the existing speed limits it is not a reality today from a national perspective. It is far from easy for the road users to assess the present speed limit by only looking at the road and traffic environment if they for some reason failed to notice the speed limit sign.



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.