At the Centre for Automotive Safety Research (CASR) we seek to understand the many factors contributing to road crashes, with the ultimate goal of eliminating harm from our road system.

Our research

CASR is internationally recognised as a leading independent research organisation in road safety, and has been at the forefront of this field for over 30 years. Our experienced, multidisciplinary team conducts high-quality research with significant real-world impact, enabling informed decision-making in the development and implementation of road safety countermeasures and policies.

Our research

Vehicle safety

At CASR we are constantly developing our advanced vehicle testing capability. We have a current focus on pedestrian crash testing and advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) research. We maintain a capability to conduct pedestrian impact testing to EU/ANCAP protocols. CASR has much to contribute to the understanding of emerging automotive technologies, autonomous vehicles and vulnerable road user safety.

Vehicle safety

Crash investigation

Our in-depth crash investigation program has been a core activity since the 1970s. CASR investigators attend road crashes in metropolitan and rural areas to identify what infrastructure, vehicle or human behaviour-based countermeasures may have prevented the crash, or reduced its severity. We work collaboratively with the emergency services on-site while maintaining our independent scientific investigations.

Crash Investigation

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Safe Systems for Road Engineers and Managers Micro-credential

CASR developed a self-paced online micro-credential, Safe Systems for Road Engineers, which will ensure you bridge the gap between professional practice and the Safe System application. You will learn the skills to effectively utilise the Safe System in road safety in your day-to-day role in road infrastructure.

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CASR showcased in NHMRC impact case study

CASR is proud to have had its past achievements showcased in the NHMRC impact case study series.

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For media enquiries or to discuss our consulting services, vehicle testing or possible collaboration on a research project, please contact our office or the CASR Laboratory.

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Latest publications and reports



Characteristics of crash-involved drink and drug drivers and motorcyclists

Objective Drug driving is an issue of growing concern among Australian jurisdictions, including South Australia. In order to have an appropriate response to drug driving in regard to policy and enforcement, it is important to have sound knowledge about the patterns of drug use among motorists and t...



The Effect of Age on Injury Patterns in Pedestrian Deaths

Although it is known that elderly pedestrians are at increased risk of injury and death from vehicle crashes the specific pattern of lethal injuries related to age has not been extensively studied. Data on the numbers of pedestrian fatalities and ages were obtained from 1990 to 2020 from the Traffic...



564 Evidence-Based Road Safety Interventions to Prevent Regional and Remote Road Trauma

Background Approximately one third of Australians live in regional and remote areas but these areas account for two thirds of road fatalities. The purpose of this project was to provide practitioners with guidance on evidence-based road safety interventions that can prevent fatal and serious injury ...



Motorcycle protective clothing in the ACT

This study involved an investigation of the use of protective clothing by motorcyclists in the ACT, encompassing both commuting (n=33) and recreational (n=45) riders. Rider knowledge about MotoCAP, the star rating scheme for protective clothing that operates in Australia and New Zealand, was also ex...


CASR wins Road Safety Innovation Fund grants



CASR secures three life saving Road Safety Innovation Fund grants

A novel low-cost Safe-System-aligned treatment for regional and remote intersections
(Dr. Christopher Stokes and Dr Mario Mongiardini)