The acronym SIMUSAFE stands for SIMUlation of behavioural aspects for SAFEr transport.SimuSafe_color_low

SIMUSAFE aims to improve driving simulator and traffic simulation technology to safely assess risk perception and decision making of road users:

  • Pedestrians
  • Cyclists
  • Motorcyclists and powered two wheelers
  • Vehicle drivers

Currently, driving simulators and traffic simulation models have limited use in safety studies due to the limited realism of road users’ behaviours in models. Using a three-phase research cycle,SIMUSAFE will bridge this gap by collecting and integrating sources of road userbehaviour to build more realistic simulation environments.

Data collected from simulations will be correlated with naturalistic driving tests, such that the simulation and model aspects are the closest possible to real world data. From the developed models, contributing factors causing an event (crash, near-collision, infractions) will be identified and studied further.

EFA are partners in the SIMUSAFE project which has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N. 723386

Autonomous vehicles and road safety: towards new training modules for drivers and driving instructors.


On 16 May 2019 – EFA with AIPSS held a workshop in Brussels to discuss the continuously evolving road mobility environment and vehicle types which are beginning to change as a result of increasing levels of automation: at the present vehicle SAE2 are already circulating and the SAE3 ones are close to being deployed; their interaction with conventional vehicles and other road users, particularly the vulnerable ones are an increasing concern.


While the commonly accepted definition of Vulnerable Road Users includes pedestrians, cyclists, elders, impaired persons, etc., in the increasingly connected and mixed road transport system “vulnerability” may in the future be more related to the non-connected users and people unable to properly use the new technologies that will be embedded in the new generation of vehicles.

There is therefore a risk of a new “automotive digital divide” with relevant impact on socio economic and road safety aspects. In order to face the above risks and prevent the envisaged digital barrier, new education and training schemes (for both trainers and novice drivers) should be agreed at European level and implemented in a way which match the speed of the increased implementation of automated driving functions. The SIMUSAFE project is dealing with new standards related to the introduction of autonomous vehicles and organizes a series of thematic workshops.

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Speakers included: Ancuta Pasca, INEA – SIMUSAFE project officer; Carlo Polidori, AIPSS; Manuel Picardi, EFA; Antonio Avenoso, ETSC Executive Director;  Casto Lopez Benitez, Team Leader, Road Safety, Vehicles Automatisation DG MOVE and Oliver Deiters, Managing Director DEKRA.

There was a an interesting and informative round table with the speakers and the participants moderated by Frank Mütze from ETSC.

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