Towards a method for determining maximum oversteer in slippery conditions

Fatal accidents during winter time in Sweden are to a large extent due to vehicle spinning. Therefore, it is crucial to analyse and compare vehicle/tyre performance on slippery roads with respect to oversteering. In this study, a new test method for evaluation of vehicle's stability during oversteering on icy roadways is developed and evaluated using a series of tests with a rear wheel driven car, equipped with ESC, and six different tyres on ice test tracks in northern Sweden. The test method consists of an asymmetric sine-with-dwell manoeuvre and a measure forquantifying the level of oversteering based on the relation between yaw rate and lateral acceleration. The test results show good robustness of the method, and that it can successfully rate the various tyres performance on polished ice. However, to have a fair comparison, the proposed method should be modified to take into account the steering ability of the tyres and the consequent difference in the manoeuvre severity when tested with tyres with different side grip.



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...