SafetyCube Webinar on the DSS – April 2018

On April 10, 2018 at 11.00 CET a webinar on the European road safety Decision Support System (DSS) took place. The webinar concerned a one-hour training session for the use of the DSS, in which the system was presented, including the alternative options and the various queries that users can make in order to have access to the knowledge of the DSS, as well as the available results.

The team of the EU Project SafetyCube presented all functionalities of the powerful tool (www.roadsafety-dss.eu) and provided hands-on examples. Read more

SafetyCube European Conference on Better Decision Making for Road Safety, Vienna – March 2018

The SafetyCube European Conference on Better Decision Making for Road Safety was held successfully with more than 150 participants on 22-23 March 2018, at Palais Auersperg in the city centre of Vienna, Austria. The SafetyCube project started on March 1st, 2015 and ran for a period of three years. Its results were presented in the conference, with special focus on the SafetyCube Decision Support System (DSS), which is the primary objective of the project. The DSS is expected to enable policy-makers and stakeholders to select and implement the most appropriate strategies, measures and cost-effective approaches to reduce casualties of all road user types and all severities in Europe and worldwide.

The conference brought together experts, stakeholders and decision makers from across Europe to discuss the latest developments in road safety: European Commission, FERSI, ETSC, IRTAD, FIA, individual research institutes, consultants as well as national, regional and local road safety experts. There was simultaneous interpretation in English and German.

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SafetyCube Video on Road Safety DSS in 90 seconds released – March 2018

A video presenting the Road Safety Decision Support System (DSS), developed within the European research project SafetyCube, was recently uploaded on the Youtube Channel. The DSS provides detailed interactive information on a large list of road accident risk factors and related road safety countermeasures. A short description of the DSS in 90 seconds is given in the video, which is available at the following link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-mVUde3knU

SafetyCube Video on Decision Support System released – March 2018

An overview of the Road Safety Decision Support System (DSS), developed within the European research project SafetyCube, is given in a video which was recently uploaded on the Youtube Channel. The DSS is an innovative tool that will enable policy-makers and stakeholders to select and implement the most appropriate strategies, measures and cost-effective approaches to reduce casualties of all road user types and all severities in Europe and worldwide.

The related video is currently available at the following link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZS8Gg65HPgs

SafetyCube Decision Support System – January 2018

An article on SafetyCube project by prof. Pete Thomas from Loughborough University was published in the second newsletter of the “SaferAfrica: African-European Dialogue Platform on Road Safety” project. The article titled “SafetyCube DSS: the first integrated Road Safety Decision Support System developed in Europe” presents the European DSS developed within the SafetyCube project. The DSS was developed by 17 organisations from 12 different countries and it offers for the first time scientific evidence on a large number of risk factors and related road safety countermeasures. Its main objective is to enable policy makers to substantiate their road safety decisions for actions, measures, programmes, policies and strategies to be implemented at local, national and European level.

The article is currently available:

 SafetyCube DSS – SaferAfrica Newsletter -January 2018

SafetyCube Presentations at the 97th TRB Annual Meeting – January 2018

SafetyCube results were presented at the 97th TRB Annual Meeting, which took place on 7-11 January 2018 in Washington, DC. Prof. George Yannis from NTUA presented the European Decision Support System (DSS) being developed within the context of the project. Results from research on serious road traffic injuries in Europe were presented by Wendy Weijermars from SWOV, while Susanne Kaiser from KFV discussed the research carried out concerning the road user related risks and measures, which were included in the DSS, in the TRB IRTAD Special Session.

The presentations are currently available:

 SafetyCube TRB Annual Meeting 2018 Presentation Yannis

 SafetyCube TRB Annual Meeting 2018 Presentation Weijermars

 SafetyCube TRB Annual Meeting 2018 Presentation Kaiser

SafetyCube – Il Notiziario – Strade&Autostrade – November – December 2017

An article on SafetyCube project by Concetta Durso, Project Manager of ERF, was published in the Italian specialised magazine “Strade & Autostrade”.

Special focus is given to the SafetyCube Decision Support System and the whole process that led to it.

Reference is also made to the SafetyCube Fianal Confernce to be held in Vinna next March

The article is currently available:

 Strade&Autostrade – November – Decembre 2017

SafetyCube Presentation at 10th European Public Health Conference – November 2017

SafetyCube results were presented at the 10th European Public Health Conference: Sustaining resilient and healthy communities, which took place on 1-4 November 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden.  Robert Bauer from KfV presented the results from the research on serious road traffic injuries with emphasis being given on the current practices of measuring serious injuries in the European Union.

The presentation is currently available:

 SafetyCube EPH Conference 2017 Presentation Bauer

SafetyCube Presentation at British Parliamentary Advisory Council – November 2017

On 2 November 2017, Prof. Pete Thomas from Loughborough University presented the European road safety Decision Support System (DSS) to the Parliamentary Advisory Council in the British House of Commons. There were over 50 road safety policy-makers and practitioners as well as Members of Parliament and of the House of Lords. The meeting was also attended by Jesse Norman, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department for Transport who has responsibility for road safety. There was a considerable interest in the DSS and requests for further information about specific road safety risks and measures.

The presentation is currently available:

SafetyCube DSS Presentation Thomas November 2017

SafetyCube Presentation at 30th ICTCT Workshop – October 2017

SafetyCube results were presented at the 30th ICTCT Workshop, which took place on 26-27 October 2017 in Olomouc, Czech Republic. Stijn Daniels from the Vias Institute presented the results from the research on the economic evaluation of road safety measures in the European Union.

The presentation is currently available:

SafetyCube ICTC Workshop 2017 Presentation Daniels

SafetyCube Presentations at RSS Conference – October 2017

SafetyCube project results were presented at the Road Safety & Simulation International Conference 2017 (RSS2017) organised by the Delft University of Technology in co-operation with the Dutch Institute for Road Safety Research (SWOV). The conference took place on 17-19 October 2017 in Hague, Netherlands.

The presentations and the related papers are currently available:

SafetyCube RSS2017 Full Paper Martensen

SafetyCube RSS 2017 Presentation Papadimitriou

SafetyCube RSS 2017 Full Paper Papadimitriou

SafetyCube RSS 2017 Presentation Ziakopoulos

SafetyCube RSS 2017 Full Paper Ziakopoulos

SafetyCube Presentation at 25th IRTAD Meeting – October 2017

SafetyCube project results were presented at the 25th Meeting of the International Traffic Safety Data and Analysis Group (IRTAD) organised by International Transport Forum (ITF/OECD) on 13 October 2017 in Marrakesh, Morocco. Prof. George Yannis from NTUA presented the European Road Safety Decision Support System (DSS).

The presentation is currently available:

SafetyCube IRTAD Meeting 2017 Presentation Yannis

SafetyCube Presentations at 6th IRTAD International Conference – October 2017

SafetyCube project results were presented at the 6th IRTAD International Conference, organised by the International Traffic Safety Data and Analysis Group (IRTAD) and International Transport Forum (ITF/OECD). The conference took place on 10-12 October 2017 in Marrakesh, Morocco. Prof. Pete Thomas from Loughborough University presented the Decision Support System (DSS). Results concerning the economic efficiency evaluation of road safety measures were presented by Wouter Van Den Berghe from the Vias Institute, Wendy Weijermars from SWOV presented the results from the research on serious road traffic injuries and a poster by Eleonora Papadimitriou from NTUA discussed the quantitative impacts of tools developed for detecting and addressing road deficiencies.

The presentations are currently available:

SafetyCube IRTAD Conference 2017 Presentation Thomas

SafetyCube IRTAD Conference 2017 Presentation Van Den Berghe

SafetyCube IRTAD Conference 2017 Presentation Weijermars

SafetyCube IRTAD Conference 2017 Presentation Papadimitriou

 

SafetyCube Presentations at CARE Experts Meeting – October 2017

The European Road Safety Decision Support System (DSS) developed within the context of the SafetyCube project was presented by Prof. George Yannis from NTUA at the CARE Experts Meeting of the European Commission, which was held on 6th October 2017 in Brussels. Results from the research on serious road traffic injuries were also presented by Wendy Weijermars from SWOV, focusing on their physical and psychological consequences.

The presentations are currently available:

SafetyCube Care Experts Meeting 2017 Presentation Yannis

SafetyCube Care Experts Meeting 2017 Presentation Weijermars

SafetyCube Decision Support System Launch – October 2017

The SafetyCube European Road Safety Decision Support System (DSS) was officially launched on 5 October 2017 in Brussels. SafetyCube is a research project funded by the European Commission under Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, started in 2015 with primary objective to develop an innovative road safety decision support system. The SafetyCube DSS is a unique and rich road safety resource for every decision maker, stakeholder and expert who investigates road safety risks or reviewing safety countermeasures. The SafetyCube DSS provides for the first time comprehensive links between road safety risk factors and respective countermeasures.

The respective presentations are currently available:

SafetyCube DSS Thomas October 2017

SafetyCube DSS Yannis October 2017

SafetyCube DSS Talbot October 2017

SafetyCube DSS Road Infrastructure October 2017

SafetyCube DSS Kaiser October 2017

SafetyCube DSS Vehicle: Risks & Measures October 2017

SafetyCube DSS Daniels October 2017

SafetyCube Presentation at 8th International Congress on Transport Research (ICTR) – September 2017

A presentation of the European Decision Support System (DSS) being developed within the SafetyCube Project was given by Prof. George Yannis from NTUA at the HITE / HIT – 8th International Congress on Transport Research (ICTR), which was held on 27-29 September 2017 in Thessaloniki, Greece. The background, methodology and design principles of the European DSS were described, as well as the web tool was presented.

The presentation and the related paper are currently available:

SafetyCube ICTR 2017 Presentation Yannis

SafetyCube ICTR 2017 Full Paper

SafetyCube Presentation at TRB Highway Safety Performance and AASHTO Joint Midyear Meeting – June 2017

A presentation of the European Decision Support System (DSS) being developed within the SafetyCube Project was given by Prof. Pete Thomas from Loughborough University at the Highway Safety Performance (ANB25) and AASHTO – Joint Midyear Meeting, which was held on 20-22 June 2017 in Irvine, California. The SafetyCube concept and methodology of the European DSS were described.

The presentation is currently available:

SafetyCube TRB Meeting Presentation Thomas June 2017

SafetyCube Plenary Meeting, Oslo – June 2017

On June 12-14, 2017, SafetyCube organised successfully a Plenary Meeting in Oslo, in which more than 35 participants were gathered in order to discuss the progress and next steps of the SafetyCube project. This meeting marked the completion of the measures analysis. Key topics on the SafetyCube Decision Support System (DSS) were also discussed and resolved.

Identification of infrastructure-related risk factors, Deliverable 5.1 of the H2020 project SafetyCube

One of the main objectives of SafetyCube is to contribute towards the creation of an inventory of estimates of risk factors and effects of measures for road infrastructure.

SafetyCube Deliverable 5.1 advances the state of the art by analysing and synthesising the current knowledge on infrastructure-related risk factors that allows them to be ranked and comparatively assessed. ‘Hot topics’, i.e. topics attracting particular attention from road stakeholders as critical areas for action and / or further research, have been given particular emphasis and priority in the SafetyCube analysis.

The standard SafetyCube methodology was applied, starting with the creation of a taxonomy of 59 specific risk factors within 16 general risk categories. For each specific risk factor, a systematic and rigorous search of the literature was undertaken. This identified nearly 300 relevant recent high quality studies, which captured quantitative findings about crash risk, frequency, and severity influenced by each risk factor. Where sufficient studies could be identified, a synopsis was written summarising the impact of the risk factor on road safety. Each synopsis starts with a colour code indicating the level of risk imposed based on the strength of evidence available. The colour code is followed by a summary of the findings for the risk factor and a more extensive scientific overview describing the analyses that were carried out. In total, 38 synopses were drafted for infrastructure risk factors including 8 original meta-analyses.
The infrastructure risk factors were eventually ranked on the basis of their colour codes.

The results (studies and synopses) were also integrated in the Decision Support System (in pilot operation) and the experience from these analyses serves as a basis for the related analysis of the effectiveness of infrastructure measures, which is in progress.

The effects of Road User Behaviour on Road Safety – New results available in SafetyCube Deliverable 4.1

SafetyCube’s Deliverable 4.1 ‒ Identification of Road User Related Risk Factors ‒ has been approved by the European Commission and is available in the publications section. It documents the process that created a comprehensive taxonomy of risk factors taking stakeholders’ priorities into account.  The SafetyCube researchers identified and coded studies that report on various behaviour-related risk factors and summarized these effects. The main outcomes are synopses of 25 human-related risk factors (such as speeding, driving under the influence, distraction, etc.), are based on more than 180 studies and are included in the deliverable. They will also be available soon through the web based SafetyCube Decision Support System.

The positive feedback from the project officer at the midterm review meeting in December 2016 encourages the project team to keep up the good work in the next phase of the activity. Reports are being analysed to document the effect of countermeasures in several areas: law and enforcement, education and training, licencing and testing, fitness to driver assessment and screening as well as awareness raising and campaigning.