Currently, approximately 1.35 million people throughout the world die in traffic accidents yearly. If current injury rates are sustained, traffic accidents will be the fifth most common cause of death among the younger population in 2020.
Half of the fatalities involve occupants of four-wheeled motor vehicles, while the remainder involve drivers of powered two-wheelers, cyclists or pedestrians (WHO, 2015). One of the UN Sustainable Development Goals is to reduce global road traffic fatalities and injuries by 50% between 2020 and 2030.
凯发登录The multi-national road traffic safety project Vision Zero points out the importance of focusing on all aspects of traffic safety, such as driver behavior, infrastructure and vehicles.
凯发登录Autoliv’s research is aligned with both the UN Development Goals and Vision Zero.
Traffic Safety Analysis
To constantly enhance traffic safety, we need to know what is happening on the roads today, how current safety systems perform in real-life traffic, and how to design safety systems for the future.
凯发登录We use various data sources and methods to prioritize research topics, develop test methods, calculate retrospective safety benefits and predict future benefits. The analysis and predictions from this research serve as requirements for the development of future safety systems.
Autoliv is designing solutions based on truly cross-disciplinary research. Sensing capabilities of the vehicle need to be incorporated so that the vehicle can take driving context as well as driver state into account when responding to traffic events. Our research within human factors spans everything from road-user behavior to usage of safety systems凯发登录 and comfort.
It is not enough to only survive a crash, we also want to limit the injuries to all road users involved in a crash. To achieve this, we need improved tools representing a diverse population, and we need to understand the implications of the change in mobility and improved sensing to develop future occupant protection. Using human body modelling, evaluating new crash test dummies, and collaborating with biomechanical experts globally provides guiding principles for product development of occupant protection systems.