We are pleased to present two papers from BrainSigns that were recently accepted for publication. Both used research undertaken for the SIMUSAFE project.
The partners gathered last week in Krakow, Poland for a three-day meeting hosted by APTIV. The focus was on finishing up cycle 1, the naturalistic phase, and preparing for cycles 2 and 3, the controlled and simulated phases. Below the partners break for lunch of pizza, a variety of salads, and (of course) desserts. Thank you APTIV for your impeccable hosting!
The European Union Road Federation (ERF) and the Federation of European Motorcyclists’ Associations (FEMA) have published a new position paper detailing the infrastructure improvements the two agencies feel would best help increase the safety of powered two-wheeler riders. PTW-riders are overly represented in road fatality rates given their actual low mode share. The joint position paper makes a strong case that improving the road infrastructure with simple and low cost fixes can make a positive difference in the PTW-rider safety.
The SIMUSAFE project recognizes the vulnerability of PTW-riders and have included them in our work. PTW-riders are included in our study of road user behaviour towards building more realistic simulation environments.
The article and position paper are posted here.
The Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore’s Department of Psychology along with SIMUSAFE partners EFA and AIPSS are holding a workshop in Milano on the 26th of June. In it they will be discussing the Graduated Driver License System (GDLS) in the European context. The workshop will cover theoretical contributions and experience reports followed by an afternoon roundtable discussion. The workshop will facilitate dialog among researchers and different stakeholders around road safety. Attending this workshop will also be a delegate from the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure. We look forward on sharing some of their workshop experiences upon its completion. Workshop poster
We are proud to have the creator and manufacturer of the Vienna Test System (VTS) join SIMUSAFE as a collaborator. Originally a pioneer of digital testing, SCHUHFRIED is now an acknowledged expert in this field. More than 13 million tests are administered using the Vienna Test System each year for neuropsychological and clinical purposes, but above all for the assessment of fitness to drive. Specifically, the agreement between SCHUHFRIED and SIMUSAFE will involve the DRIVESTA fitness-to-drive test which considers the measurement of driver skills such as reaction time, perception, attention, and risk perception.
The agreement between SIMUSAFE and SCHUHFRIED is also an interesting stimulus for research, both for participating in the project of different nations and cultures, as well as for the interest in different actors on the road. The objectives of SIMUSAFE include gathering data not only about vehicle drivers but also motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians. Analyzing and comparing the VTS performance of different users can be an interesting contribution to this project. Furthermore, the SIMUSAFE results may contribute towards further improving the Vienna Test which is another positive impact we can achieve together.
Visit their website for more information about the Vienna Test System and DRIVESTA.
In January, the SIMUSAFE partners met in France for our second meeting. There was substantial discussion surrounding preparing for Phase One of the project doing Naturalistic research with each of the modes.
ITCL and PROMETEO are now pre-selecting volunteers (car drivers, two-wheelers and pedestrian) for the naturalistic driving test in Spain. The volunteer must have an age between 18 and 24 OR between 50 and 70 years old who drive their vehicle (car, motorcycle or bicycle) or walk in urban areas at least three times a week. Applications can be made online on the website www.simusafe.es, where you can find more details about the project, the selection procedure and the simulation test. Further information can be requested by calling to 947 298 471 or emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to download the pre-selection notice.
In June 2017 the SIMUSAFE consortium gathered for the project Kick Off Meeting held at the ITCL offices in Burgos, Spain.