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Safety-ENhancing Innovations for Older Road userS

Objective

European countries face great challenges because the demographic structure in the EU is changing rapidly, due to reducing birth rates and increasing life expectancies. In 2012, 17% of Europeans were aged 65 and older and in 2020 this will rise to 28%. Meanwhile, the mobility needs of the elderly are also changing. Maintaining a driver's licence is an important issue of independence today, both for males and females. Also technological developments like the introduction of e-bikes enables access to other means of transport.
These demographic and behavioural changes are of growing concern to mobility and road safety. While accident data show a decreasing number of fatalities and serious injuries on EU roads, recent data from the ERSO show an increasing proportion of elderly in the fatality statistics. This trend is a serious threat to the achievements of recent decades and poses a challenge that must be addressed to meet goals set for further reduction of road fatalities. Furthermore, there is an increasing rate of obesity in EU populations, which introduces changes in injury patterns and risks. The SENIORS project focuses on the protection of elderly and obese road users also by transferring nowadays younger generations’ safety standards. The objective is to develop the required understanding of accident scenarios, injury mechanisms and risks and to implement these findings in test tools and test and assessment procedures. An integrated approach considering the elderly in multiple transport modes is applied to reduce the portion of elderly fatalities. The small-scale project focuses on providing tools to encourage wider adoption of advanced restraint and pedestrian protection systems improving the protection of older and obese vulnerable road users. The activities consolidate results from previous EU projects such as THORAX and AsPeCSS and meet the needs defined by the GRSP IWG on Frontal Impact working on a near-term (2015) and mid-term (2020) update of UN-R94.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/demography/fertility
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport

Call for proposal

H2020-MG-2014_TwoStages
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

BUNDESANSTALT FUER STRASSENWESEN
Address
Bruederstrasse 53
51427 Bergisch Gladbach
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 656 633,75

Participants (7)

AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 395 325
Address
Wallentinsvagen 22
447 83 Vargarda
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FIAT CHRYSLER AUTOMOBILES ITALY SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 300 000
Address
Corso Giovanni Agnelli 200
10135 Torino
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FORD-WERKE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 221 250
Address
Henry Ford Strasse 1
50735 Koln
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
HUMANETICS EUROPE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 320 875
Address
Im Breitspiel 6
69126 Heidelberg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
IDIADA AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 488 551,88
Address
L Albornar
43710 Santa Oliva
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
LUDWIG-MAXIMILIANS-UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 266 939,13
Address
Geschwister Scholl Platz 1
80539 Muenchen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TRL LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 236 012,50
Address
Crowthorne House Nine Mile Ride
RG40 3GA Wokingham
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)