eUropean naturalistic Driving and Riding for Infrastructure & Vehicle safety and Environment (UDRIVE)
Research Project , 2012 – 2016

Road transport is indispensable for the exchange of goods and persons, but at the same time has severe negative consequences, among others related to road safety and environment. In order to meet EU targets, both the number of road crashes and vehicle emission levels need to be reduced substantially. For identifying the next generation of measures that will enable us to actually reach these targets, a far more in-depth understanding of road user behaviour is needed. The proposed UDRIVE project is building on the experiences of the PROLOGUE feasibility study and various Field Operational Tests (FOTs), and aims to contribute to developing this in-depth knowledge by:1. Conducting a large-scale European Naturalistic Driving (ND) study2. Building one central database with the collected ND data3. Performing targeted analyses in the areas of: crash causation factors and associated risks, distraction and inattention, vulnerable road users, eco-driving4. Applying the findings in four specific area, notably: the identification of new and promising countermeasures, the potential of simple DAS for monitoring performance indicators over time, the improvement of driver behaviour models for road transport simulation, the possibilities for commercial applications of ND data5. Leaving behind the collected data to be used, subject to legal and ethical constraints, for additional analyses once UDRIVE is finished.During a two-year data collection effort, UDRIVE will collect information on 470 vehicles, each for one year: 240 passenger cars, 150 trucks, and 80 powered two-wheelers. All data, including video data showing the forward view and the view of the driver as well as GIS data, will be collected continuously to enable knowledge in the various research areas to be brought well beyond the current state of the art.The UDRIVE consortium consists of 19 partners and represents a good balance between different EU regions and various stakeholders. The consortium also represents a good balance between expertise on the various research areas and expertise on huge data acquisition and storage.


Jonas Bärgman (contact)

Chalmers, Mechanics and Maritime Sciences (M2), Vehicle Safety


Bundesanstalt für Strassenwesen (BASt)

Bergisch Gladbach, Germany

Centre Europeen d'etudes de Securite et d'analyse des Risquesc (CEESAR)

Nanterre, France

Centrum Dopravniho Vyzkumu V.V.I. (CDV)

Brno, Czech Republic


Bruxelles, Belgium

French institute of science and technology for transport, spatial planning, development and networks (IFSTTAR)

Champs-Sur-Marne, France

Fundacion Cidaut

Valladolid, Spain

German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Köln, Germany

Instytut Badawczy Drog i Mostow

Warszawa, Poland

International Automobile Federation (FIA)

Paris, France

Kuratorium für Verkehrssicherheit

Wien, Austria

Loughborough University

Loughborough, United Kingdom

Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO)

Delft, Netherlands

Or Yarok Association

Hod Hashorn, Israel

Renault Retail Group Paris

Paris, France

Stichting Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek Verkeersveiligheid

Leidschendam, Netherlands

Technische Universität Chemnitz

Chemnitz, Germany

University of Leeds

Leeds, United Kingdom

Volvo Group

Gothenburg, Sweden


European Commission (EC)

Project ID: EC/FP7/314050
Funding Chalmers participation during 2012–2016

Related Areas of Advance and Infrastructure

Sustainable development

Driving Forces


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