SMART ROAD RESTRAINT SYSTEM
TO PROVIDE GREATER SAFETY
FOR VULNERABLE ROAD USERS
- Our project
SMART RRS Project
Project Acronym: Smart RRS
Project Full Title: Innovative Concepts for smart road restraint systems to provide greater safety for vulnerable road users.
Grant Agreement No.: 218741
Recent figures from WHO and ETSC reveal frightening statistics on road traffic accidents across Europe and beyond
–World Report on Road Traffic Injury Prevention [WHO, 2004] Report on European Road Transport Safety [Prof. Mackay, ETSC, 2000]
Many injuries and deaths are a result of impacts with current road restraint systems especially in the case of vulnerable road users such as motorcyclists, cyclists and passengers where impacts with supports or edges usually result in amputations or sectioning of torsos in a guillotine effect.
Furthermore once an accident has occurred; the time between the impact and receiving immediate inicial first aid can be crucial; delays in alerting emergency services or incorrect location information given to emergency can cause waste life saving moments for injured people or even result in emergency services going to the wrong location of the accident.
This project will develop a new smart road restraint system that will reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused in road traffic accidents by integrating primary and tertiary sensor systems in a new RRS system; providing greater protection to all road users, alerting motorists and emergency services of danger so as to prevent accidents happening, and alerting them of accidents as they happen to maximise response time to the exact location of the incident.
NEWS AND EVENTS
SMART Road Restraint Systems Project Final Event
Safe Roadside Barriers for Motorcyclists, an urgent need in Europe
"How to efectively protect vulnerable road users improving the EU standard for roadside barriers"
April 23-25th - European Parliament - Rue Wiertz 60, 1040 Brussels [map]
The SMART RRS Project Final Event took place from Monday 23rd to Wednesday 25th of April, 2012 at the European Parliament in Brussels, hosted by MEPs Wortmann-Kool (The Netherlands) and Ayala-Sender (Spain).
Co-funded by the European Commission, the SMART RRS project has developed an innovative road restraint system taking the safety of vulnerable road users into account. The new intelligent barrier brings several substantial improvements to today's EU standardized roadside barriers by proposing solutions addressing motorcyclists' safety issues such as shock absorption, traffic information, and emergency response, three of Europe's key road safety priorities 2011-2020.
At the occasion of the SMART RRS Final Event, MEPs Wortmann-Kool and Ayala-Sender addressed the problem of roadside barriers and motorcycle safety.
the final event consisted of :
- An Information Stand "Safe roadside barriers for motorcyclists, an urgent need in Europe - How to effectively protect vulnerable road users improving the EU standard for roadside barriers"; which showcased the SMART RRS prototype, a motorcycle friendly road restraint system using integrated sensors able to transmit data on road conditions and accidents;
- the Opening Reception of the Information Stand, (April 24th at 6:00pm - ground floor ASP Area Galerie Cafétéria)
- and a Lunch Debate at the Parliament's Members Salon, on April 25th at 12:30pm, which addressed the problems of motorcyclists with regard to European standard roadside barriers and discuss possible solutions;
The exhibition was opened from April 23rd through April 25th.
From left to right: Eduardo del Pozo de Dios (Applus IDIADA), Eva Sanjuan Guerrero (EP Transport Committee Advisor), Jim Higgins (MEP), Dieter-Lebrecht Koch (MEP), Albert Dess (MEP), Inés Ayala Sender (MEP), Corien Wortmann-Kool (MEP), Tappani Mikkeli (European Commission), Philip Vogt (FEMA)
SMART RRS FINAL WORKSHOP-
The SMART Road Restraint Systems final Workshop was held at Applus IDIADA (Tarragona-Spain) on March 14th.
The partners of the Smart RRs project were pleased of counting on, among others, the presence of Mrs. María Seguí-Gómez (Director of the Spanish General Traffic Directorate- DGT). and Mrs. Maria-Cristina Marolda (EC DG MOVE - Transport & Mobility Research and Innovative Transport Systems)
March 15/16: Smart rrs Project held the meeting of CEN/TC 226/WG1 on Applus IDIADA premises