Traffic Safety in 2025 – Studies in 2018:

How safe should automated vehicles be?

Automation of road transport is expected to improve road safety considerably. However, wariness and safety fears among road users could delay deployment, despite improved percep-tions of automated vehicle safety among the society as a whole. The objective of the study is to examine the attitudes of car drivers and authorities toward the deployment of automated vehicles, and to assess how much safer they think automated vehicles should be in order to be acceptable.

Realised safety effects of middle road barriers in Finland

The building of middle road barriers, considered to be an essential road safety feature, has been slow in Finland despite very positive safety results in Sweden. The objective of the study is to determine the safety effects of previously installed middle barriers in Finland, and to evaluate the overall current safety status.

Camera surveillance of speeding and red-light violations on the street network

The effects of speed enforcement have been studied in Finland, but only in highway environments. No extensive study has been conducted on the effects of camera surveillance in dense urban areas. The objective of this study is to determine the safety effects of camera speed surveillance and red-light violations on the street network.

Effects of radar speed signs on driving speed – part 2

The speed measurements conducted last year will be complemented to gain a more precise and broader understanding of the speed effects of radar speed signs. The objective of this study is to ascertain the speed effects of radar speed signs in different urban environments (including long-term effects). The study sample will include different types of research locations based on e.g. speed limit, traffic volumes, proximity of pedestrian crossings and width of the street.

Use of summer tyres in winter

Some passenger cars equipped with summer tyres are present in traffic also in winter condi-tions, despite summer tyres not being designed for that purpose. This study aims to assess i) the extent of use of summer and all-season tyres among passenger cars in winter, and ii) the prevalence of these tyres in fatal wintertime road accidents.

Compilation and analysis of accidents and dangerous situations in winter seafaring

Waterborne transport statistics do not generally distinguish accidents occurring in ice-covered waters from waterborne accidents as a whole. This study will examine known waterborne acci-dents and dangerous situations related specifically to winter navigation, i.e. on which ice cover, ice-breaker involvement and winter conditions have had an impact. Statistics on accidents and dangerous situations will be compared with summertime statistics where feasible.

Cost-effective ways to reduce railway suicides in Finland

The objectives of this study are i) to systematically review and describe the safety measures identified in the EU-funded RESTRAIL project for the reduction of railway suicides, and ii) to assess the suitability of these safety measures for implementation in the Finnish railway envi-ronment. The implementation of each safety measure will be described, together with the available information on its efficiency in preventing railway suicides and suitability for the Finn-ish railway environment. The implementation costs of each safety measure will also be estimated.

 

 

Additional information

Anne Silla
+358 20 722 4517
anne.silla@vtt.fi