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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



Development and trial of a process to audit vehicle safety technologies in rural areas

The purpose of this pilot project was to devise and trial a method by which the safety technologies of a sample of the vehicle fleet in South Australia could be identified and compared between vehicles being used in metropolitan areas and rural areas. The trialled method proved successful in collect...



Mode choice and safety: How might a shift from car trips to walking, cycling, and public transport affect road safety?

Increasing walking, cycling, and use of public transport is identified in South Australia’s strategic plans (Carbon Neutral Action Plan 2016-2020 and Operation Moving Traffic) to reduce the state’s carbon footprint and improve the operation of the transport system. The aim of this report is to inves...



Practical Approaches for Managing Regional Road Safety Priorities

This report details road and transport safety interventions that can reduce fatal and serious injury crashes in regional and remote areas. A literature review expands on the Austroads National View on Regional and Remote Road Safety report by including material published since 2017. A series o...



Collection and analysis of EDR data from crash-involved vehicles: 2021 summary report

Modern vehicles are fitted with Event Data Recorders (EDRs) that constantly record variables such as speed, seatbelt usage, accelerator/brake pedal position, and steering wheel angle. When a crash occurs, a snapshot of the final few seconds of these variables are saved on the EDR in addition to cras...


CASR's founder appointed Officer in the Order of Australia (AO)



CASR's founder appointed Officer in the Order of Australia (AO)

During his time as Director of CASR, and the Road Accident Research Unit prior to that, Jack co-ordinated and conducted research into a wide variety of areas related to traffic safety, and in the process contributed directly to significant reductions in the road toll not only in Australia but throughout the world.