eUropean naturalistic Driving and Riding for Infrastructure & Vehicle safety and Environment (UDRIVE)

Road transport is indispensable for the exchange of goods and persons, but at the same time has severe negative consequences, among others related to road safety and environment. In order to meet EU targets, both the number of road crashes and vehicle emission levels need to be reduced substantially. For identifying the next generation of measures that will enable us to actually reach these targets, a far more in-depth understanding of road user behaviour is needed. The proposed UDRIVE project is building on the experiences of the PROLOGUE feasibility study and various Field Operational Tests (FOTs), and aims to contribute to developing this in-depth knowledge by:1. Conducting a large-scale European Naturalistic Driving (ND) study2. Building one central database with the collected ND data3. Performing targeted analyses in the areas of: crash causation factors and associated risks, distraction and inattention, vulnerable road users, eco-driving4. Applying the findings in four specific area, notably: the identification of new and promising countermeasures, the potential of simple DAS for monitoring performance indicators over time, the improvement of driver behaviour models for road transport simulation, the possibilities for commercial applications of ND data5. Leaving behind the collected data to be used, subject to legal and ethical constraints, for additional analyses once UDRIVE is finished.During a two-year data collection effort, UDRIVE will collect information on 470 vehicles, each for one year: 240 passenger cars, 150 trucks, and 80 powered two-wheelers. All data, including video data showing the forward view and the view of the driver as well as GIS data, will be collected continuously to enable knowledge in the various research areas to be brought well beyond the current state of the art.The UDRIVE consortium consists of 19 partners and represents a good balance between different EU regions and various stakeholders. The consortium also represents a good balance between expertise on the various research areas and expertise on huge data acquisition and storage.

Partner organizations

  • Bundesanstalt für Strassenwesen (BASt) (Private, Germany)
  • Stichting Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek Verkeersveiligheid (Private, Netherlands)
  • University of Leeds (Academic, United Kingdom)
  • Volvo Group (Private, Sweden)
  • International Automobile Federation (FIA) (Private, France)
  • Fundacion Cidaut (Private, Spain)
  • French institute of science and technology for transport, spatial planning, development and networks (IFSTTAR) (Research Institute, France)
  • Kuratorium für Verkehrssicherheit (Private, Austria)
  • Instytut Badawczy Drog i Mostow (Private, Poland)
  • Centrum Dopravniho Vyzkumu V.V.I. (CDV) (Research Institute, Czech Republic)
  • ERTICO (Private, Belgium)
  • Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) (Private, Netherlands)
  • Centre Europeen d'etudes de Securite et d'analyse des Risquesc (CEESAR) (Research Institute, France)
  • Loughborough University (Academic, United Kingdom)
  • German Aerospace Center (DLR) (Research Institute, Germany)
  • Technische Universität Chemnitz (Academic, Germany)
  • Or Yarok Association (Private, Israel)
  • Renault Retail Group Paris (Private, France)
Start date 01/10/2012
End date The project is closed: 30/09/2016

Published: Thu 31 May 2018.