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TYre and Road surface Optimisation for Skid resistance And Further Effects

Objective

The contribution that the road surface makes to road safety is often underestimated. Whilst first advances have already been made in the technology of tyres and braking systems, at the time of an accident or near-accident one of the major underlying factors is the condition of the road. The awareness of such issues varies widely across the EU. In the United Kingdom, which has one of the best road safety records in Europe, the importance of skidding resistance, as safety indicating parameter of the road surface, has been recognised for decades. It is interesting to note that it is on the roads where such skidding resistance policies are applied where there are the lowest accident records. The reasons why such policies are not adopted more routinely across the EU are various. The project will address the three most fundamental factors. These are the lack of awareness of the importance and contribution of skidding resistance, the lack of harmonised systems of comparing skidding resistance (even within member states), and the concern over conflicts with other important characteristics of road surfaces (like rolling resistance and noise emissions). Very often policies are only focused to optimise road surfaces for only one parameter, whilst disregarding the other characteristics. That often led to negative impact on other related parameters. The benefit that the project will provide to all three areas will help public authorities in member states to make a contribution already, based on the coordinated application of existing research knowledge, towards reducing fatalities as well as negative environmental effects. In addition, the project will also create a solid platform for the development of new harmonised technologies that will contribute towards casualty reduction and additionally decrease CO2 and noise emissions in all member states.
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Österreichisches Forschungs- und Prüfzentrum Arsenal GmbH

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Giefinggasse 2
1210 Vienna

Austria

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 365 976

Administrative Contact

Michael Parik (Mr.)

Participants (6)

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BUNDESANSTALT FUER STRASSENWESEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 148 571

MINISTERIE VAN VERKEER EN WATERSTAAT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 38 165

LABORATOIRE CENTRAL DES PONTS ET CHAUSSEES

France

EU Contribution

€ 195 414

TRL LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 180 356

ZAVOD ZA GRADBENISTVO SLOVENIJE

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 65 184

FORUM DES LABORATOIRES NATIONAUX EUROPEENS DE RECHERCHE ROUTIERE

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 171 693

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 217920

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 July 2008

  • End date

    30 June 2010

Funded under:

FP7-TRANSPORT

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 165 359

  • EU contribution

    € 1 165 359

Coordinated by:

Österreichisches Forschungs- und Prüfzentrum Arsenal GmbH

Austria

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