Safer Vehicles

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.

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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.

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