FERSI fully supports the European Commission’s policy on Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). It its recently released statement (PDF) FERSI concludes that the use of KPIs can be of great help for both monitoring road safety developments, and identifying the most promising interventions. It is emphasized though that a KPI policy will only be successful if the agreed KPIs have a proven relationship with road safety and if Members States are prepared to collect the required data on a regular basis, and in a similar format.
The 6th International Symposium on Highway Geometric Design will take place from 28 June until 1 July 2020 in Amsterdam. Abstract submission is open until April 30th 2019. For more information see https://ishgd2020.org/
At the ERTRAC Annual Conference 2019, early April in Brussels, ERTRAC published the Connected Automated Driving Roadmap. This document is an update of the 2017 roadmap. At this same event, ERTRAC also presented the Safe Road Transport Roadmap, entitled Towards Vision Zero: Roads without Victims. Both documents can be downloaded from the ERTRAC website.Regarding vehicle automation we also refer to the 2018 FERSI publication Safety through automation?.
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FERSI calls upon the European Commission to give road safety a strong and visible position in Horizon Europe, the next EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.
In a short document FERSI clarifies and substantiates the need for further research and innovation in the area of road safety in order to meet the ambitious European objective of halving the number of road fatalities and serious injuries in the next decade, and having a road without victims in 2050. The document was distributed among relevant EC officials, national contact points and transport organisations.
The next International Symposium Human Modeling and Simulation in Automotive Engineering will take place on 19 and 20 November 2020 in Wiesbaden, Germany. The symposium continues and advances the dialogue between researchers, software developers and industrial users of human models with presentations from researchers, software manufacturers and industrial users on biomechanical research, digital human models and their application in automotive development.
The 10th Young Researchers Seminar (YRS) will be held on 9-11 June 2021 in Portorož , Slovenia. It is hosted by the Faculty of Maritime Studies and Transport of the University of Ljubljana, and supported by ECTRI, FEHRL and FERSI. The YRS is organised every two years and aims to prepare a new generation of transport scientists and science-based professionals in the area of transport. For more information see this flyer and for future updates see the seminar website.
The 8th Road Safety and Simulation (RSS) International Conference will take place on 22-24 September 2021 in Athens, Greece. RSS is biannual platform for researchers and professionals of different expertise where to share individual experience and state-of-the-art research in the area of road safety and simulation. The Conference’s theme will be: “Road Safety and Digitalization” aiming to capture all recent trends in road safety emerging technologies, surrogate measures, augmented and virtual reality, big data, modeling and simulation, which are expected to boost global road safety in the coming years.
After two terms as president of the Forum of European Road Safety Research Institutes (FERSI), Horst Schulze (BASt) will be succeeded by Rob Eenink (SWOV). Concurrently, FERSI’s General Secretary Raschid Urmeew (BASt) steps down and will be succeeded by Ingrid van Schagen (SWOV).
The primary mission of FERSI is to promote and coordinate high quality research on road safety issues, consult on implementation of research results and scientifically evaluate implementation outcomes.
Rob Eenink: “We thank Horst and Raschid for establishing FERSI as a major influencer of Europe’s road safety policy and leading us to a high level of cooperation outside and within FERSI. I look forward to working with Ingrid and our new Executive Board: Dominique Mignot (vice-president, IFSTTAR), Astrid Linder (VTI), Klaus Machata (KFV) and Mateja Markl (SPV)”.