June 15, 2021

Watch our latest LEVITATE webinar: Road safety assessment of automated vehicles! 

On 27 May, the 4th LEVITATE webinar took place with more than 80 participants to share the project’s research results about the impact of automated vehicles on road safety. Based on a poll launched during the webinar, most participants expect a considerable improvement in road safety with the introduction of CATS, but they do not expect that all serious crashes can be prevented. LEVITATE’s two-steps approach in the estimation of impacts determines that which ways the road safety is impacted by the development of CATS, and as a second step, the project tries to quantify these impacts as far as possible with the help of literature review and conducting interviews with stakeholders. 
Curious about the presented impacts on road safety and the outcomes of the discussion?

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LEVITATE participated during NTUA’s Innovation in Road Safety Research Workshop 

NTUA within the framework of the Sixth UN Global Road Safety Week organised with great success a Scientific Workshop titled “Innovation in Road Safety Research” which was held online on May 20th, 2021. The objective of this Workshop was to highlight through an intensive flow of presentations the main findings and challenges of key road safety research projects (including LEVITATE) carried out within the NTUA Department of Transportation Planning and Engineering and to open the discussion in a round table with high-level experts on key innovations in road safety research in Greece, in Europe and worldwide.

Stay tuned! LEVITATE will present its Policy Support Tool during the ITS World Congress 2021

LEVITATE, together with other EU supported project working on automated transport (PAV and Dynaxibility), has been chosen to present their findings on “How can transport modelling prepare cities to deploy emerging mobility solutions?” during ITS World Congress between 11-15 October 2021. LEVITATE will present its online-based Policy Support Tool to help local and regional authorities to predict the societal impacts of connected and automated vehicles.


Road Safety Impacts of connected and automated vehicles 

One of the aims of LEVITATE is to forecast road safety impacts. The article written by Wendy Weijermars (SWOV), Andreas Hula (AIT), Amna Chaudhry (LOUGH), Sasa Sha (LOUGH), Rins de Zwart (SWOV), Celina Mons (SWOV) and Hitesh Boghani (LOUGH) collects the impact of CATS on road safety which has been briefly presented during the last webinar of LEVITATE, as well. Moreover, it further presents the specific impacts on road safety for the individual sub-use cases and communicates how these expected impacts can be quantified. Conclusions suggest that in normal circumstances, CAVs are expected to have a lower crash rate than human driven vehicles; CAVs make less errors than human drivers, are assumed to respect all traffic rules and are expected to have lower reaction times and less variability in driving behaviour. Read the full article here

Delphi method to measure impacts of connected and automated vehicles

Within LEVITATE, the Delphi method is used to determine all impacts that cannot be defined by the other quantitative methods (traffic microsimulation/system dynamics). Initially, a long list of experts were identified for each use case and contacted via an introductory mail asking them to express the willingness of participation. Those who responded positively (70 experts) participated in the main Delphi process. If you want to know more about the Delphi studies conducted in the frame of LEVITATE, including the list of impacts and result introduction to the Policy Support Tool, read our article from the National Technical University of Athens.

Monetary impacts of connected and automated vehicles

One of the objectives of LEVITATE is to develop a tool for performing cost-benefit analyses of policies designed to maximise the societal benefits of introducing connected and automated vehicles. This tool will be part of the Policy Support Tool developed by LEVITATE. Can everything be converted into monetary terms when it comes to the impact of automated vehicles? 

Read Rune Elvik’s article from the Norwegian Institute of Transport Economics.

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The LEVITATE project develops methods to forecast societal level impacts of connected and automated transport (CATs). This includes the impact of CATs on safety, the environment, the economy and society.

Launched in December 2018, LEVITATE is a 3-year project led by Loughborough University whose main output will be a policy support tool (PST) to help local authorities forecast the impacts of automated vehicles over the short, medium and long-term. The PST will also contain a back-casting tool providing guidance to local authorities on the measures to implement to achieve desired outcomes against a backdrop of increasing vehicle automation.

LEVITATE has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 824361.

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