Traffic Safety in 2025 – Studies in 2017:

Interactions between people and traffic systems
Our understanding of how road traffic is automatized is both evolving and becoming more accurate. This study aims to develop a model that would comprehensively describe human issues in the road traffic system. The focus of the study will be on driving behaviour on public highways, as well as interactions with other traffic modes or related areas.

Roadwork warnings
A Cooperative Intelligent Transport System (C-ITS) called Day 1 Service has been developed to issue roadwork warnings. In the DRIVE C2X project the system was found to reduce driving speeds at roadwork sites. The objective of the study is to prepare a strategy proposal for implementation and use of cooperative roadwork warnings with special focus on the Finnish context.

Valuation of loss of wellbeing related to accident costs, in terms of willingness to pay. Pilot study
In 2016 the costs of injuries resulting from traffic accidents were updated and examined by contributing factor. The most significant factor is the loss of wellbeing of victims, which in Finland has been measured using Swedish results. The primary objective of this study is to examine the state of the art of the willingness-to-pay method of evaluation. The aim is then to design the main contents and implementation of a Finnish study that would use willingness to pay as an evaluation tool.

Severe road injuries in Finland
The objective of this study is to evaluate the recent number of severe road injuries in Finland and the resulting costs. This study will analyse road accident statistics and their research coverage. The results provide basic information for directing road safety activities in line with a recent government resolution.

Selection criteria of winter tyres
This study will survey factors affecting the selection of winter tyres by car drivers, such as purchase price, tyre grip, fuel efficiency, noise and durability. The results will be assessed especially from the viewpoint of traffic safety.

Effects of radar speed signs on driving speed
Several cities have installed movable radar speed signs to calm driving speed and improve pedestrian safety at e.g. pedestrian crossings. This study aims to evaluate reliably and extensively the effects of these displays in urban areas.

Geographic information and rail train-trespasser collisions
The study will first complement the dataset collected in a pilot study and assess the resulting information. Modelling of factors affecting train-trespasser collisions with the help of buffer analysis will also be tested in the Tampere region. Finally, the feasibility and usefulness of modelling will be examined.

 

Additional information

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