The Traffic Agent in science

The researchers at TOI are mapping childrens travel habits. This is exciting since they have never been asked about this directly, this data has only been accessible through their guardians.

Published: Monday, October 24, 2016 8:17 AM

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The Traffic Agent in science

The Traffic Agent is, in collaboration with the Norwegian Centre for transport research (TOI), a part of a bigger research project called UTMOST (Unregistered Transport - Mobility, Security and new Technology). The project wishes to obtain new information about the extent of traffic, accidents, injuries and risks in areas where we lack knowledge.

The institute of Transport economics (TOI) is a national institution for transport research and development. The main objectives of the Institute are to carry out applied research on issues connected with transport and to promote the application of research results by advising the authorities, the transport industry and the public at large.

To date we have little knowledge about where people walk, bike, boats and so on. As a result our knowledge regarding the extent of traffic and accidents linked to leisure activities are limited. The UTMOST project therefore wishes to contribute to a broader and better knowledge about exposure and accidents in these road user groups.  

To map the activity they have adopted the following activities:

Utilized and developed application technology that can log travel data. This was carried out for different types of transport; amongst others the Traffic Agent application have been used to collect data regarding the children's travel habits on their route to school. Other applications have been used to collect data about yachting and off-road traffic with snowmobiles, ATVs and biking.

Risk analyzes for the different road user groups are based on injury data from selected hospitals, which has systematically registered damages in connection with various activities.

Questionnaires to identify traffic, accidents and injuries.

 There are many which could benefit from the results. As an example the results could represent an important supplement to the regular travel surveys in travel research. For the authorities the results will help to keep better track of activity scope, extent of accidents and risks in areas where we currently have limited knowledge. This will form an important foundation for the government and other stakeholders. Amongst other things, to get an overview of the accident extent for different road user groups, and how vulnerable each group is and where one can or should implement security measures. The project will also make it possible to compare risk linked to accidents between different types of activities.

The project results will be ready in December 2016 and will provide important implications when it comes to prioritizing safety between different types of activity, an example of this could be that it gives us an indication on where there is a need for cycling- and or walking paths.

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