Safety and ease-of-use assessment of new electric vehicles for personal mobility in urban environment
The move towards a future sustainable transport system requires new transport solutions that are at the same time easy-to-use and safe. Among the new transport solutions, Electric Personal Mobility Vehicles (e-PMVs) have recently become very common in many cities around the world including Göteborg, and their popularity is growing every day. However, as e-PMVs become increasingly prevalent, crashes occurring while using these vehicles are also rising, according to the statistics reported in STRADA database. Most of these crashes are single-vehicle crashes, suggesting that stability and maneuverability are issues for e-PMVs. Besides, little information is available about the mechanisms causing the e-PMVs crashes and about public opinion on the safety concerns and ease-of-use of e-PMVs.
The above-mentioned issues associated to the safety and ease-of-use of e-PMVs cannot be tackled without assuming a holistic view and looking at the problem from different perspectives. For this reason, this project leverages on the interdisciplinary approach (crash prevention, human factors, and vehicle dynamics) and the complementary methodologies (analysis of crash causation mechanisms, field experiments, questionnaires and co-creation workshops) to study the safety needs of e-PVMs users and non-users. Notably, the main objective of the project is to provide advices that could support the design of policy instruments (e.g. infrastructure and regulations) and technological development of e-PVMs, to ensure a safe utilization of these vehicles. This objective will be achieved through three main activities: 1) analysis of e-PMVs’ crashes in STRADA database (WP1); 2) quantitative evaluation of the stability and maneuverability of e-PVMs (WP2); 3) qualitative assessment of the safety and ease-of-use of e-PVMs (WP3).
- SAFER, The Vehicle and Traffic Safety Centre (Centre, Sweden)
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Professor at Mechanics and Maritime Sciences, Division of Vehicle Safety
Marco Dozza is a Professor in Active Safety and Road-user Behavior in the Department of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences at Chalmers University of Technology. Within this department, he leads the Unit...
Adjunct Professor at Mechanics and Maritime Sciences, Division of Vehicle Engineering and Autonomous Systems
Docent in Vehicle Dynamics
Fredrik Bruzelius is an adjunct professor at the Vehicle Dynamics group. Fredrik is employed by the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI), and works with methodology for...
Senior Lecturer at the division of Design & Human Factors, Department of Industrial and Materials Science
Pontus’s research concerns methods for user requirements elicitation and communication. In particular he is interested in how users can be enabled to participate in product development using methods...
Full Professor in Vehicle Dynamics and leader of Vehicle Dynamics group at Mechanics and Maritime Sciences, Division of Vehicle Engineering and Autonomous Systems
Bengt Jacobson graduated with PhD (1993) in machine elements at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, studying the dynamics of gear shifting in power-shifting transmissions. He continued...
Professor and Head of Division for Design & Human Factors, Department of Industrial and Materials Science
MariAnne Karlsson’s research aims to develop knowledge on the multi-dimensional relationship between people and technical artifacts. Central themes include methodology for eliciting user requirements...
Associate professor at Mechanics and Maritime Sciences, Division of Vehicle Safety
Giulio Bianchi Piccinini is an Associate Professor in the Crash Analysis and Prevention Group, within the division of Vehicle Safety. His research focuses on the understanding of crash causation...
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