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

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 initial 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 has developed 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.

The general objective of this project is to reduce the number of injuries and deaths caused by road traffic accidents to vulnerable road users such as motorcyclists, cyclists and passengers through the development of a smart road restraint system.

This smart restraint system shall:

  • Reduce the number of accidents through better information on the actual state of the road and traffic flow(climatic conditions, traffic flow, obstructions).
  • Eliminate dangerous profiles from road restraint systems (crash barriers) that currently endanger vulnerable road users.
  • Optimise road safety by providing exact information of where and when accidents happen in real-time.

This road restraint system shall have the following features:

  • Integrated with the road restraint system.
  • Cost effective in terms of materials costs, installation costs and running costs.
  • Minimizes additional demands on the infrastructure such as power and communications buses.
  • Will not provide additional risks to those colliding with the road restraint systems, particularly vulnerable road users such as motorcyclists.
  • Robust against the environment.
  • Robust against system degradation (e.g. the loss of a sensing node will still allow the system as a whole to function).
  • Robust against false triggering (so that, for example, emergency services are not called unnecessarily).
  • Each sensing node should know its location.
  • Sensing nodes should be modular (additional functionality to be easily integrated depending on the location).
  • Capable of being integrated with other roadside infrastructure and traffic management systems.

 

Project Coordinator

Dr. Juan J. Alba
UNIVERSIDAD DE ZARAGOZA

Departamento de Ingeniería Mecánica
Edificio Agustín de Betancourt
C/ María de Luna, s/n
50018 - Zaragoza (SPAIN)

Telephone: +34 976 761913
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Partners

IDIADA Automotive Technology SA
L’Albornar- PO Box 20E
43710 Santa Oliva (Tarragona) - SPAIN
Telephone: +34 977 166 000
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CENTRO ZARAGOZA - Instituto de investigación sobre reparación de vehículos, S.A.
Carretera Nacional 232, Km 273
50690 Pedrola (Zaragoza) - SPAIN
Telephone: +34 976 549 690
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BASYC - Sistemas de protección para Seguridad Vial, S.L.
Cº Monzalbarba, 32, nave1
50011 Zaragoza - SPAIN
Telephone: +34 976 301 158
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ARCELOR MITTAL OSTRAVA, AS
Vratimovská 689,
707 02 Ostrava
Kunèice - CZECH REPUBLIC
Telephone: +420 595 681 111, +420 597 331 111
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ESSEX County Council
Development Highways and Transportation
County Hall
Chelmsford - Essex
CM1 1QH - UNITED KINGDOM
Tel. +44 (0)1245 437099
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TRW Conekt
Stratford Road
Solihull -West Midlands
B90 4GW - UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 (0) 121 627 4242
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FEMA - Federation of European Motorcyclists' Associations
Rue des Champs 62,
1040 Brussels - BELGIUM
Telephone: +32 (0)2 736 9047
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Università degli Studi di Firenze
Dipartamento di Meccanica e Tecnologie Industriali
Via di Santa Marta, 3
50139 Firenze - ITALY
Telephone: +39 055 4796477
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MOUCHEL LTD.
Export House, Cawsey Way,
Woking - Surrey
GU21 6QX - UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 (0) 148/3 731 000
Fax: +44 (0) 1483 731 001
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