Our main goal is to contribute to reducing traffic accidents. Indirectly, we thereby also address part of the congestion problem, as traffic jams are often caused by accidents. Our road safety research focuses on three major research themes.
The human factors theme investigates the complex interaction between road user, vehicle technology and the road environment within a context of increasing vehicle automation. In addition, this theme focuses on the underlying mechanisms of (risky) driving behaviour in different target groups such as young novice drivers, older drivers and drivers with specific clinical backgrounds (e.g. autism, depression). We mainly focus on the development of procedures and methodologies for the assessment (fitness-to-drive) and training of driving behaviour.
The 'risk and policy evaluation' theme focuses on the relationship between infrastructure, environment and behaviour and their influence on road safety, but also includes more general evaluation studies of road safety policies. Traditionally, this is done by applying various quantitative techniques (before-and-after evaluations, risk models), mostly based on crash and traffic data, but also through observation of human behaviour and traffic conflict techniques in real-life situations through technologies such as intelligent cameras and drones.
The 'geometric design' theme evaluates the safety, comprehensibility, functionality and reliability of road design elements in an environment that is as close as possible to the real world and highly suitable for validation, verification and visualisation purposes. This approach allows road authorities to carry out user tests before the actual road elements are implemented. This is done based on scientific principles and objective parameters and in a cost-effective manner. We conduct research in this theme by using a virtual reality driving simulator and microsimulation models.
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