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Promoting real life Observations for Gaining Understanding of road behaviour in Europe

Objective

The number of road fatalities in Member States is decreasing too slowly to meet the EU-targets. A new generation of measures is needed, underpinned by a new generation of research methods. Recent technology developments allow for this: naturalistic observations. This means that road user behaviour is observed unobtrusively in a natural setting for a longer period of time. This technique allows for analysing the interrelationship between road user, vehicle, road and other traffic in normal situations, in conflict situations and in actual collisions. Results will lead to a better understanding of road safety and help to realise an intrinsically safe road transport system, including in-car technology, self-explaining roads, driver training, etc.
The main objective of PROLOGUE is to prove the feasibility and usefulness of a large-scale European naturalistic observation study. The project aims at road safety researchers and other stakeholders including car industry, insurance companies, driver training and certification organisations, road authorities, and governments. Whereas road safety is the main motive, the project will also look at the relevance for environmental issues, e.g. CO2 emissions, and traffic management.
Based on inventory studies, a series of small-scale field trials, and close involvement of user groups and stakeholders, PROLOGUE will result in recommendations and an outline for a large-scale naturalistic study, dealing with research questions, methodology and technology for data collection, data storage, data reduction, data mining and data analysis. Communication and dissemination to all potential stakeholders are vital to gain their support for and involvement in a large-scale European study.
The PROLOGUE consortium consists of 9 partners institutes, is well spread over Europe and includes Israel, has a wide experience on all aspects relevant for naturalistic observations, and a large international network of road safety and transport experts.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/data science/data analysis
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/data science/data mining

Call for proposal

FP7-SST-2008-RTD-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

STICHTING WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK VERKEERSVEILIGHEID
Address
Bezuidenhoutseweg 62
2594 AW Den Haag
Netherlands
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 331 402
Administrative Contact
G.B.I. Portena (Mr.)

Participants (8)

ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 171 452,50
Address
Charilaou Thermi Road 6 Km
57001 Thermi Thessaloniki
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Evangelos Bekiaris (Dr.)
KURATORIUM FUER VERKEHRSSICHERHEIT
Austria
EU contribution
€ 305 715,75
Address
Schleiergasse 18
1100 Wien
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Martin Winkelbauer (Mr.)
LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 81 425
Address
Ashby Road
LE11 3TU Loughborough
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Andrew Morris (Dr.)
Or Yarok association
Israel
EU contribution
€ 266 010
Address
Hanagar 22
45240 Hod Hashorn
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Pnina Uri (Ms.)
NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 281 650
Address
Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 DA Den Haag
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
A. Richard A. Van Der Horst (Dr.)
TRANSPORTOKONOMISK INSTITUTT
Norway
EU contribution
€ 254 664,75
Address
Gaustadalleen 21
0349 Oslo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Fridulv Sagberg (Mr.)
Test & Training International
Austria
EU contribution
€ 146 700
Address
Fahrsicherheitszentrum Teesdorf Parz 301/4
2524 Teesdorf
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael Gatscha (Dr.)
UNIVERSITAT DE VALENCIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 160 208
Address
Avenida Blasco Ibanez 13
46010 Valencia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jean-François Pace (Mr.)