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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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Contact us

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



Preventing and mitigating truck crashes: results from 100 in-depth no-blame truck crash investigations

Trucks play an important role in the Australian economy but also make a substantial contribution to the lives lost on Australian roads. The aim of the present study was to undertake a substantial sample (n=100) of in-depth no-blame crash investigations of crashes involving trucks to identify the fac...



Mobile phone detection cameras in South Australia

Mobile phone detection cameras (MPDC) capable of detecting mobile phone use by drivers have been adopted in some Australian jurisdictions and are being considered for use in South Australia in 2023. This project provides background information on the best practice use and effectiveness of such camer...



Seasonal Variation in Cutaneous Seat Belt Markings in Fatal Vehicle Crashes

A retrospective review of autopsy reports of adult (≥18 years old) vehicle occupants was undertaken at Forensic Science SSA (FSSA) over a five-year-period from January 2014 to December 2018 to correlate seat belt wearing with cutaneous seat belt injuries and season of the year. Out of 185 case...



Seeing a lot of mobile speed cameras on your summer road trips? Here's how they work

As you're driving around this summer holidays, there’s every chance you’ll see a strange-looking white or yellow box on the side of the road. It might have cameras protruding overhead, or be emblazoned with road safety slogans. It’s a mobile road safety camera. It’ll catch you out doing everyt...


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.