Structure of the project
The project is divided in 5 work packages (WP0 to WP5) as shown.
The goal in WP0 is to ensure the monitoring of the progress of the project and the coordination among the WP leaders to achieve the project objectives in due time. Another key function of this workpackage is reporting the project development to the PEB/Steering Committee and to the CEDR TG on Road Safety and to receive a feedback.
In order to develop a robust and effective methodology for the appropriate selection of a VRS it is important to analyse the differing national standards and guidelines and to identify, review and categorise information which is currently available from international research.
This Work Package will collate information relating to the selection of both VRS and Motorcyclist Protection Systems (MPS), and the effects which the performance of these systems can have on road users. The output from this Work Package will feed directly into Work Package 2.
This WP will determine how road design elements, traffic conditions, vehicle types, and other variables identified in WP1 can influence the type and severity of collisions that can arise with a VRS. It is also important to know the financial implications and so information on how often crashes occur, financial consequences of crashes (in terms of personal injury and VRS repair costs), installation and maintenance costs are needed.
Work package 2 addresses the information needed for VRS selection by reviewing available accident data to identify crash frequency, types, and outcomes for available VRS types in the world.
The aim of this WP is to create a Guideline for identifying the locations where a VRS is needed and for selecting the appropriate VRS in different design schemes. The Guideline will be in the form of an easy to use web-based tool that will allow for the analysis of a given set of parameters and for the identification of the most appropriate VRS. To ensure that the Guideline is accurate, practical and effective for designers and road operators a Pilot Application will be conducted on different type of roads to identify any changes, improvements or amendments prior to the completion of the project.
Dissemination and interaction with possible stakeholders during and after the project is an important issue in SAVeRS project. This goal will be reached through the project website and the project workshops held during the project to discuss with the stakeholders the possible outcome of the research. The results of the project will also be implemented through the teaching activities ongoing at UNIFI and TCD.