Recommendations for safety and sustainability measures of the EU FP7 Project UDRIVE
reportposted on 20.02.2018, 13:57 by Helene Tattegrain, Isabel Wilmink, Simone Wesseling, Laurette Guyonvarch, Alexander Frey, Ruth Welsh, Myriam Evegenou, Daniel Letisserand, Marianne Riouffreyt, Anne Guillaume, Nicole van Nes
The aim of Task 5.1 is to identify and select, among the outcomes of SP4, the results that are relevant to infer recommendations for measures improving road safety and sustainability. Due to time constraint, the analyses and the recommendations have been done in less time that it was planned at the beginning of the project. The key outcomes of the SP4 work with particular reference to crash risk, unsafe driving, and eco-driving will be studied and organized in terms of relevance to safety and sustainability policies and potential actions towards road users, vehicle and road. Recommendations have been developed to propose actions to stakeholders that can be implemented in the near future to increase safety and sustainability of road transport. This work integrates several reviews of different measures implemented previously in France, Germany, Netherlands and United Kingdom in terms of road safety measures. Then, the recommendations consider possible updates of existing measures and the development of new measures. They will include four kinds of areas: • Recommendations in terms of regulation and enforcement measures; • Recommendations for awareness campaigns and training; • Recommendations for design of road infrastructure; • Recommendations for vehicle safety. Looking at road fatalities statistics, we have identified vulnerable road users as a topic which is important to create recommendations for. We have also identified factors that can have an influence on fatality occurrence like age and infrastructure. A report by the World Health Organization in 2015 (WHO, 2015) identified some area’s wherein there is a need for recommendations to improve road safety. We have selected from the by WHO recommended topics, 3 topics which could be explored by naturalistic studies: seat belt, speed, distraction. Another topic that we are looking into is critical situations. The difficulties with investigating critical situations with road fatalities data bases, is that these databases often do not provide fully detailed information about the dynamic of the accident. Naturalistic studies have the ability to explore incidents more in-depth. Another objective of UDRIVE is to improve sustainability by looking into eco-driving. We will look at recommendations for this topic in this report as well.
UDRIVE is co-funded by the European Commission, DG Research and Innovation, in the 7th Framework Programme.