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Open access virtual testing protocols for enhanced road users safety

Objective

The objective of VIRTUAL is to improve the safety of road users by providing procedures and open access tools to assess the benefit of novel safety systems. The goal is to establish a European based global hub for Open Source Virtual Testing (OpenVT) and to demonstrate its success in traffic safety. Open Source Human Body Models of both men and women will be made available in a format that is scalable to represent different ages and sizes of car occupants, vulnerable road users, and users of public transport.
VIRTUAL will develop computationally efficient, robust crash simulation tools and standardised protocols for impact scenarios not yet considered in regulations or consumer testing. It will cover enhanced integrated safety for pedestrians, cyclists, occupants of (automated) vehicles and public transport. An OpenVT platform will be established to provide stakeholders with all models, tools and protocols for virtual testing (VT); the platform will continue to be available after this project has ended. These new resources will allow the European automotive sector and transport providers to produce better performing safety systems that will reduce road casualties.
VIRTUAL will demonstrate how current road safety assessments can be complemented and improved by VT giving full credit to vehicle manufacturers and transport providers for their efforts in providing best real-world vehicle safety. VIRTUAL will close the gap between VT and standardised vehicle safety assessments by providing models of the humans (validated for safety assessment) and the protocols and criteria needed to identify the foremost road user protection beyond the scope of physical testing and provide a method for cost-benefit analysis of novel systems. VT will reduce the number of physical tests needed while addressing a greater variety of accident scenarios and road users, actively promoting safety innovations reducing the number of injuries and fatalities providing safer road transport in Europe.
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Coordinator

STATENS VAG- OCH TRANSPORTFORSKNINGSINSTITUT

Address

Olaus Magnus Vaeg 35
58195 Linkoeping

Sweden

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 1 438 025

Participants (15)

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CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 1 205 412,50

VOLVO PERSONVAGNAR AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 958 823,75

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET GRAZ

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 851 375

TRANSPORTOKONOMISK INSTITUTT

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 154 320

Stiftung Arbeitsgruppe für Unfallmechanik

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 832 100

AXA VERSICHERUNGEN AG

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 102 817,50

Faurecia Sièges d'Automobile

France

EU Contribution

€ 228 450

UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 288 000

DYNAMORE NORDIC AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 122 250

STICHTING WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK VERKEERSVEILIGHEID

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 282 812,50

DOREL FRANCE SA

France

EU Contribution

€ 222 180

UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 91 876,25

WIJNEN WILLEM

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 93 811,25

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT OESTERREICH

Austria

SIEMENS MOBILITY GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 125 590

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 768960

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 June 2018

  • End date

    31 May 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.4.

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 997 943,75

  • EU contribution

    € 6 997 843,75

Coordinated by:

STATENS VAG- OCH TRANSPORTFORSKNINGSINSTITUT

Sweden