The Hellenic Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport proposed the New Mobility and Safety Law which has been recently adopted by the Greek Government. This Law sets the framework for the development of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs), in which road safety is a major component. Moreover, within this Law, traffic rules for Light Personal Electric Vehicles (e-scooters etc.) are set, including compulsory helmet use, speed limits up to 25km/h and traffic ban on streets with a speed limit of 50km/h or higher.
The Publications Office of the European Union and the ISA² programme of the European Commission organised with great success the European Data Conference on Reference Data and Semantics (ENDORSE) which was held online on 16-19 March 2021. The Conference created an opportunity to link expertise to tackle current and future issues in the fields of interoperability and knowledge management including aspects of road safety. NTUA actively contributed with the following presentation from the The Horizon 2020 project BeOpen (European forum and observatory for open science in transport): FAIR Challenges in Transport Open Science
The Institute of Communication & Computer Systems (ICCS) together with the European Technology Platform ALICE are organising the 8th International Physical Internet Conference (IPIC 2021) which will be held online on 14-16 June 2021. The Conference aims to provide an open forum for researchers, industry representatives, government officials and citizens to explore leading edge freight transport and logistics concepts, methodologies, projects, technological advancements and start-up initiatives for future interconnected logistics and the Physical Internet. Special sessions’ proposals deadline: 15 April.
The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) is organising the Road Safety Performance Index Annual Conference and Award Ceremony 2021 (PIN conference)which will be held online, on 16 June 2021, at 10:30-13:00 (CET). In June each year ETSC’s analysis of overall annual progress on tackling road deaths and serious injuries is published in the PIN Annual Report. The PIN conference is also the platform for the presentation of the PIN Award to the best performing country.
Η ερευνητική ομάδα οδικής ασφάλειας του ΕΜΠ, στο πλαίσιο του έργου i-DREAMS του Horizon 2020, αναζητά οδηγούς στην Αθήνα για να συμμετάσχουν σε πείραμα σε πραγματικές συνθήκες οδήγησης. Στόχος του Πειράματος είναι η παρακολούθηση της ασφάλειας της συμπεριφοράς οδήγησης και η αντίστοιχη ειδοποίηση των οδηγών κατά την οδήγηση αλλά και η ενημέρωσή τους μετά το τέλος του ταξιδιού. Οι οδηγοί θα ωφεληθούν σημαντικά από τη διάγνωση της ασφάλειας της οδήγησής τους και τις σχετικές προτάσεις βελτίωσής της. Όλοι/ες οι συμμετέχοντες/ουσες θα λάβουν δώρα επιβράβευσης και επιπλέον δώρα μετά από διαγωνισμούς και κληρώσεις. Για συμμετοχή στο πείραμα, μπορείτε να συμπληρώσετε το σχετικό έντυπο συμμετοχής.
The Sustainable Mobility for All Initiative (SuM4All), World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), and the International Road Federation (IRF) have launched a Report titled Sustainable Mobility: Policy Making for Data Sharing. The Report draws attention to the need for policy guidance for data sharing between public and private sector stakeholders in the transportation sector. Increasing digitalization of mobility can accelerate the transition toward sustainable urban mobility.
IEEE/ITSS – 24th International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems, Indianapolis, September 2021
The IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society (ITSS) will organise the 24th IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITSC) which will be held in Indianapolis, on 19-22 September 2021. ITSC 2021 welcomes articles and presentations in the field of Intelligent Transportation Systems, conveying new developments in theory, analytical and numerical simulation and modeling, experimentation, advanced deployment and case studies. Particularly, the Conference invites and encourages prospective authors to share their work, findings, perspectives and developments as related to implementation and deployment of advanced ITS applications.
The Region of Attica within the framework of the research project e-MOPOLI of the Interreg Europe program, organised with great success a Workshop on Εlectromobility which was held online on 23 March 2021. The workshop was hosted by the Department of Transportation Planning and Engineering of the NTUA and included presentations of key stakeholders of electromobility in Greece and a round table of experts. Professor George Yannis opened the workshop with the key outputs of e-MOPOLI project as well as the status and next steps of electromobility in Region of Attica with the following presentation: Interregional Learning Workshop of Region of Attica
The Agência Nacional de Inovação (ANI) together with the European Commisison are organising the Transport Research Arena Conference (TRA2022) which will be held in Lisbon, on 14-17 November 2022. The pillars of the Conference will be the scientific excellence, research and innovation challenges, the latest technological and industrial developments and innovative policies regarding the european transport research and Innovation and the cooperation of Europe with other continents.
Is Artificial Intelligence the future of road safety? Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning techniques are currently used in several road safety related applications, supporting decision making of both the Authorities and the road users and transforming and upgrading significantly the potential for road safety improvement worldwide: – In vehicle technology, AI algorithms are implemented to exploit computer vision and interpret data provided by RADAR and LIDAR technologies in both traditional and Connected and Automated Vehicles. Today, most car-makers invest seriously in AI. – In road infrastructure risk prediction, AI applications can transform big data on crash occurrence and road and traffic characteristics from infrastructure sensors into multi-dimension static or dynamic maps of road risk prediction and road star rating. Rotterdam and London are currently among the front-runners. – In telematics assisted driver behaviour monitoring, AI can exploit big data from vehicles and smartphones to identify risky behaviours like speeding, harsh manoeuvring and distraction and provide customized solutions, including driver behaviour star rating. Fleet safety management and insurance exploit today telematics applications. A series of highly important opportunities and critical barriers persist today requiring serious effort in order to guide significant changes in road traffic crash prevention and boost road safety globally. An holistic approach is needed tackling all three key areas: Capacity, Knowledge and Governance. Firstly, the Digital era is bringing today a tremendous higher new Capacity of Big Data, which can be exploited to support road safety. This big data capacity requires serious effort by both Data and Traditional Industries, in order to be properly transformed into useful road safety analysis tools and targeted and efficient solutions, which were impossible in the past. On that purpose, specific data contents and data flow restructuring and adjustments are needed, transforming road safety data from bi-product to core activity. Secondly, Artificial Intelligence brings a high potential for significant upgrade of Knowledge on road risk, with more accurate information on crash characteristics and the related causalities exploiting new and detailed data on risk exposure and Key Performance Indicators of the road users, the vehicles and the infrastructure. Researchers and Scientists have a key role to evolve towards highly multi-disciplinary approaches combining data, technology and road safety expertise, together with appropriate integration skills to ensure seamless and holistic approaches from data driven problem identification to customized and dynamic highly efficient solutions. Thirdly, the full exploitation of Artificial Intelligence potential requires appropriate Governance adaptations by both the Industry and the Authorities. – The Industry should exploit and develop new and innovative business models brought by the continuously growing big data available, but also be ready for key cooperations, especially between data, vehicle, road and insurance industries, and to upgrade the road safety sector with high profits for the industry, the society and the economy. – Pubic Authorities should exploit the opportunities and facilitate AI road safety applications, by protecting society values, like private data, open data and fair competition on one hand but also supporting change with new rules ensuring the necessary efficiency and flexibility. Artificial Intelligence is the future of road safety. Coordinated efforts at national and international level, to upgrade capacity, knowledge and governance by the Industry, the Researchers and the Public Authorities can bring highly efficient solutions for safer drivers, safer vehicles and safer roads, making Artificial Intelligence as the catalyst for achieving vision zero road fatalities by 2050. Contribution at the Round Table of the International Transport Forum on Artificial Intelligence in Road Traffic Crash Prevention, February 2021
The Road Safety Institute ‘Panos Mylonas’ (RSI) and the Hellenic Institute of Transportation Engineers (HITE) with the support of Hellastron and the Alliance for Safety and Culture on the Road “Roads to the Future”, organised with great success the 14th Pan-Hellenic Road Safety Week during 15-22 March 2021. The aim of this action was to inform, raise awareness and educate all road users (students, parents, teachers, citizens and policy makers) in order to prevent and reduce road accident, which are a scourge on our society.
A paper titled “A meta-analysis of the impacts of operating in-vehicle information systems on road safety“, co-authored by Apostolos Ziakopoulos, Athanasios Theofilatos, Eleonora Papadimitriou and George Yannis and published in IATSS Research has been awarded the 42th IATSS Award, in the “Best Paper Award” category. The paper aimed to estimate the overall impact of distraction due to operating in-vehicle information systems (IVIS) and similar devices while driving on road crashes. To that date, various results had been reported regarding IVIS operation in relevant research which provided an unclear picture of their overall effect. The paper meaningfully condensed and summarized results of relevant research by applying meta-analytic techniques. It was determined that 1.66% of total crashes are caused by operating in-vehicle systems, while the respective proportion is 0.60% when examining professional drivers exclusively. The study concludes that device operation as a risk factor while driving is a less researched aspect of driver distraction than others.
WB/GRSF -Road Crash Trauma, Climate Change, Pollution and the Total Costs of Speed Report, March 2021
The World Bank Global Road Safety Facility (GRSF) has published a Report titled: Road Crash Trauma, Climate Change, Pollution and the Total Costs of Speed: Six graphs that tell the story. The purpose of this Report is to provide information on the relationships relevant to fundamental road transport policies, design, and operation. Well-established evidence shows the importance of managing travel speeds for road safety, for efficiency, for improved inclusion, and for greenhouse gas and other emissions.
The World Bank Global Road Safety Facility (GRSF), under the new BIGRS Program 2020-2025, hosts the Speed Management Hub. In this platform, the GRSF team provides evidence-based road safety knowledge to help manage speed through infrastructure interventions, effective enforcement, targeted awareness measures, and vehicle technology. Key engagements from this focus area include the provision of technical expertise to program partners, countries and cities on speed management and the preparation and publication of Global Speed Management Guidelines.
The World Bank Global Road Safety Facility (GRSF) announced the launch of their newly redesigned website: roadsafetyfacility.org. This project provides better access to the use of GRSF research and products will improve guidance and advocacy actions to address the global road safety crisis. Some of the new features of this site are Interactive Road Safety Country Profiles, Speed Management Hub and DRIVER platform.
The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) has recently published a Report titled: Are medical fitness to drive procedures fit for purpose? (PIN Flash 40), with the active contribution of NTUA. In this Report examines the current state of play in PIN countries regarding the assessment of medical fitness to drive, with reference to the 2006 EU Directive on Driving Licences and recommends that a standardised screening process be considered across all Member States when assessing a driver’s fitness to drive. The process should be based on international best practice and ideally, consistent across all jurisdictions.
The Pioneer Alliance together with the NTUA Department of Transportation Planning are organising the PIONEERing Solutions for the Smart City Challenge, which will be held online on 15 April 2021, at 11.00 CET. Through this Workshop, students will have the opportunity to learn about civil engineering for carbon-neutral urban areas, safety, security and risk management for resilient cities, technology enhanced solutions for smart cities, service design for future sustainable cities, circular economy for urban cities and sustainable urban life and tourism. Registration is open
The European Commission is organising the EU Road Safety Results Conference which will be held online on 20 April 2021. The Conference is an opportunity to engage with EU Member State authorities and all stakeholders on the progress being made with implementing the Safe System approach. In particular, it will allow participants to learn how work towards the Key Performance Indicators set out in the Next Steps Towards Vision Zero policy framework is moving forward. Registration is open
Impact of pandemic to mobility behavior in the European Union using time-series analysis, March 2021.
An NTUA Diploma Thesis titled “Impact of pandemic to mobility behavior in the European Union using time-series analysis” was recently presented by Marianthi Kallidoni. This Diploma Thesis revealed that school closing is the most important exogenous factor for describing driving or walking, while the effect of “Stay at home” orders was not a significant factor for the evolution of people movements. In addition, countries which suffered the most due to the pandemic showed a strong correlation with the restrictive measures. Furthermore, no time-series models were found to describe the countries which implemented weak countermeasures.
Investigation of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mobility in Greece using time series analysis, March 2021.
An NTUA Diploma Thesis titled “Investigation of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mobility in Greece using time series analysis” was recently presented by Eleni Blatsouka. This Diploma Thesis shows that the closing of educational institutions and lockdown are the most important exogenous factors for describing mobility, while the curfew and the mandatory use of mask in all public areas are not significant factors. In addition, seasonal models appear to produce better forecasts than the non-seasonal ones.