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A collaboration of 32 organisations in the Netherlands called on Dutch Parliament and the future Government to make road safety a national priority. In recent months the members of the collaboration have worked on a road safety manifesto which today was presented to the political community. In the Manifesto the organisations detail their ambitions and propose to opt for safer traffic and fewer...

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A third of road deaths in the EU happen in single vehicle crashes: crashes in which the driver/rider of the vehicle and/or passengers are killed, but no other road users are involved. In the past 10 years around 100,000 road deaths occurred in the EU and more than 60% of were on rural roads.

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On Thursday 6 April SWOV organised a workshop for road traffic professionals on Naturalistic Driving. The discussion during the interactive workshop focused on what this research method is all about and its added value or even what it's added value could be.

 

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One aspect of the EU project SafetyCube is dedicated to serious road injuries, their health impacts and their costs. A recently published report shows that current practices for the estimation of the number of MAIS3+ casualties differ between countries and that the estimated number of MAIS3+ casualties is highly influenced by the method applied. 

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ETSC, in which SWOV’s Henk Stipdonk is also active, published a press release stating that around 25,500 people died on European roads in 2016. This means that in 2016 road deaths on European roads decreased by only 2%. At this rate the EU-target of having halved the number of road deaths between 2010 and 2020 will not be reached.

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The scientific article A human factors perspective on automated driving has recently been published in the journal Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science. Among the authors of the article is SWOV’s scientific advisor Marjan Hagenzieker.

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Automated vehicles are being developed at a rapid pace and automated driving systems are becoming more and more advanced. Before long automated vehicles will be a common mode of transport on our roads. There will, however, be a transition period during which a mixture of manually driven, partially automated and fully automated vehicles will be participating in traffic.

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Vacancies for post-docs in NWO-project on automated driving.

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The scientific article Assessing fitness to drive—A validation study on patients with mild cognitive impairment has recently been published by Taylor & Francis Online. Among the authors of the article are SWOV-researchers Ragnhild Davidse and Jolieke de Groot...

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Cyclists and pedestrians are not so sure that self-driving cars will see them and stop for them. As long as they are not convinced, they will generally behave prudently towards these automated vehicles.

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