Methodology to improve safety and mobility of vulnerable road users through ITS

By News Editor / Updated: 12 Apr 2016

ITS applications have contributed to improving road safety in recent years. However, these benefits have not been equally divided among different types of road users. Vulnerable road users (VRU) - pedestrians, cyclists, moped riders and motorcyclists - have not benefited as much as vehicle users.

The EU-funded VRUITS project aims to provide recommendations for ITS applications aimed at improving the safety, mobility and comfort of VRUs, leading to the full integration of VRUs in the traffic system.

As part of this work, VRUITS has published a report that describes the impact assessment methodology for assessing qualitative and quantitative impacts of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) on the aspects of safety, mobility and comfort of vulnerable road users (VRUs), and the translation of these impacts into socioeconomic indicators via a cost benefit analysis.

The methodology estimates the potential reduction in fatalities and injuries to VRU as a result of ITS applications for VRUs (safety), assesses the changes in the movement out of house (trips, length of trips, etc.) that are the result of the use of ITS applications for VRUs (mobility) and assesses the comfort impacts as a result of the use of ITS applications.

See below to download the report.

VRUITS assessment methodology report
April 2014