Our Safer Vehicles research group identifies opportunities to improve vehicle designs in order to prevent or minimise harm resulting from road use, including to pedestrians and cyclists.
We consider improvements to both material design and technological features in all road-going vehicles—cars, motorcycles and heavy vehicles.
Our research is particularly focused on understanding:
- how vehicle design and technology, including autonomous vehicles, can improve road safety
- how vehicle safety technologies will operate in real traffic situations and identifying their limitations
- how safety technology uptake throughout the general vehicle fleet will affect overall safety.
Our vehicle safety research ultimately benefits all road users, and is of immediate relevance to companies, organisations and government bodies working in:
- vehicle safety design
- safety system performance tuning
- safety system ratings
- understanding safety systems’ limitations (coverage gaps)
- fleet vehicle purchasing policies.
We aim to understand, and inform the industry, how:
- vehicle safety systems perform in real-world situations and where they make significant improvements
- differing interpretations of driver assistance technologies and automation could affect road users and policy
- crashes may still occur.
Our expertise in these pursuits has contributed significantly to improving Australian-sold vehicles’ pedestrian protection, and highlighting the safety potential of systems such as:
- electronic stability control
- intelligent speed adaptation
- forward collision avoidance.
We regularly provide independent professional advice on road safety matters to government and non-government organisations in Australia and overseas. This includes assessments of vehicle safety performance in areas such as:
- pedestrian impact protection
- vulnerable-road-user collision avoidance
- forward collision avoidance
- lane support systems
- speed assist systems.
We have expertise across a wide range of areas. Many of our researchers are available to assist with research project supervison for Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy students.
Research team Expertise Dr Jamie Mackenzie Vehicle technologies; Data analysis; Modelling and simulation Giulio Ponte Smart cities; Active travel modes; Traffic management Sam Doecke Speed and crash risk; Crash reconstruction; Event data recorders Martin Elsegood Crash investigation; Crash reconstruction; Vehicle dynamics
To enquire about consulting or working with us on a research project, please contact:
We collaborate with various industry and government organisations, including: