Trafiksäkerhetsutvecklingen i Sverige fram till år 2001

Göran Nilsson
Gunnar Andersson
Ulf Brüde
Jörgen Larsson
Hans Thulin

There are several indications that the earlier favourable traffic safety development in Sweden has slowed down in recent years. VTI has therefore been commissioned by the Swedish Road Administration and the Swedish Police Board to describe and analyse the changes in the traffic system which may have either a positive or negative significance for traffic safety development.

Since the overarching goal of traffic safety work is a gradual year by year reduction in the number of those killed in traffic, the question arises why this goal could not be reached during the period. Large investments and changes have been made which resulted in both decreases and increases in the risk of being killed in traffic during the period. The report makes an examination of the different problem areas which were considered in relation to the different measures or changes during the period, and the way these ought to have affected the risk of being killed in traffic.

An overall summary is that the increased speeds during the period 1994-2000 were compensated for by the increased number of cars equipped with airbags. Road improvements for greater safety, motorways, roundabouts, road barriers etc, together with higher petrol prices and the winter tyre law compensated for the reduction in safety owing to greater vehicular traffic, especially the increased lorry traffic, and that the higher average age of drivers increases the risk of being killed due to an injury in a traffic accident.



Shipping and the environment – research meets reality

Centre for Transport Studies (CTS) in co-operation with Ports of Stockholm invite you to the seminar Shipping and the environment – research meets reality.



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...


New climate-proof solutions for hard surfaces in cities

High-density road infrastructure that emphasise maximum durability and minimum maintenance create inflexible systems, which put increased stress on urban trees and lead to increased risk for flooding. Over the past five years, the ‘Climate-proof solutions for...


VTI is preparing for automated vehicles

Automation of traffic systems will lead to major changes. The European Union’s (EU) CoEXist research project began in June 2017 with the aim of preparing cities and road operators for the introduction of self-driving vehicles. The Swedish National Road and...


Vehicle Driver Monitoring: sleepiness and cognitive load

To prevent road crashes it is important to understand driver related contributing factors, which have been suggested to be the critical reason in 94 per cent of crashes. The overall aim of the project Vehicle Driver Monitoring has been to advance the...