1. Road safety plans, policies and strategies
Signficant and long lasting improvements on safety performance of national networks depends heavily on relevant actions triggered by well organized strategic safety plans. This topic focuses on the safe-system approach, road safety plans, policies and strategies.
2. Safety modelling, accident analysis and evaluation techniques
To be able to tackle the problem one need to know the problem. This topic covers accident analysis of injured and killed road users, research on factors affecting safety performance, surrogate measures of safety (SMoS), innovative methodologies for traffic safety analysis and microscopic simulation applied to safety. Papers covering methodological issues, results and theoretical discussions are welcome.
3. Vulnerable Road Users
Many countries are now experiencing a positive trend for fatalaties among vehicle occupants. For Vulnerable Road Users (VRU) however the situation is not improving at the same rate, or may even be negative. At the same time there is a desire to shift car traffic to walking and cycling. Papes covering (not limited to) measures to increase safety, comfort and security for VRU, ITS for VRU, Vulnerable Road Users with special needs and measures to encourage safe walking and cycling.
4. Road user education and campaigns
Education and training can improve both knowledge and skills. However, safe traffic behaviour requires road users to understand risks and to make adequate self-assessment. Training can also include fuel-efficient driving, how to handle the introduction of new technology and how to handle driving at old age. There is a need to futher develop and evaluate methods and tools (e.g. simulator based training) for road user education and training.
5. Vehicle innovations, autonomous driving and ITS applications
Over the last couple of years product development of In-vehicle safety systems, autonomous driving and semi-autonomous driving has seen a tremendous ramping up. But while the technical issues are being researched and prototypes are being prepared for on road evaluations there is more to do on how to test and verify autonomous driving as well as how to adapt these vehicles to the drivers and society, or vice versa.
Geometric features, pavement type and condition, traffic control devices, among other aspects of road segments and intersections, affect traffic safety in urban and rural environments. This topic comprises research on innovative aspects related to design and evaluation of physical and operational characteristics of road infrastructure elements under the focus of promoting road safety for all road users.
7. Road user capabilities and state
Short term driver impairments caused by alcohol, drugs, fatigue, drowsiness, stress and inattention are major contributors to crashes but even if the cause of the problem may be obvious it is difficult to measure and to find effective countermeasures for. Similarly long term changes in road user capabilities such as age and disabilities can be important from a safety perspective, but also crucial from an individual mobility perspective.
8. Road user behavioural issues and risk perception
Improvements in the state-of-the-art regarding the understanding of psychological issues related to road user behaviour is a key factor to enhance road safety performance. This topic welcomes papers focused on behavioural aspects of main road users affecting safety, such as: perception and reaction time, driver's awareness, risk perception, visual search, speed perception, car-following and gap acceptance process, among others.
9. Safety aspects of public transport
For public transport it is important to have a holistic approach to safety to make sure that the entire journey is safe, secure and comfortable. This includes the journey to and from public transport and when changing between routes or modes. This topic covers studies focused on the safety assessment of infrastructure, vehicles, terminals and operational aspects for both traditional and new transit technologies.
10. The economics of road safety
Knowing the value of reducing accidents risks (and the negative outcome of these accidents) serves two purposes: (1) allocating resources more efficiently by comparing the benefits and the costs of safety programs, and (2) to use economic instruments to encourage less risky behavior by road users. This topic focuses on studies eliciting individual willingness to pay for road safety (revealed- and stated-stated preference methods), studies evaluating road safety program and legislation using, for instance, benefit-cost analysis or cost-effectiveness analysis, and the use of economics instruments like taxes and charges, differentiated insurance premiums, etc., to influence road users’ behavior. Other papers within road safety economics are welcome.
11. Speed management
Too high speeds are often a problem with regard to traffic accidents. This topic covers different aspects related to speed and safety such as how to define speed limits, speed management, speed enforcement techniques, traffic calming and related topics.
12. Special Session
To submit a proposal for a special session at the RS5C conference mean that the person or organisation applying for a special session proposes to arrange a full session which usually is about 90 minutes. This could include presentations focusing on a specific theme, a workshop or other forms of presentation that is not usually included in a conference. The content is prepared in discussion with the RS5C Organising Committee. Note that proposals that can be seen as marketing will be rejected. For consultation regarding special sessions please contact Dr. Anna Vadeby, VTI.