Forecasting Indian Road Traffic Casualties: Guidance to Prioritize Road Safety Technologies and Regulations
Licentiate thesis, 2021
Firstly, the effectiveness of state-of-the-art pre-crash safety technologies for different road users in India was investigated using simple deterministic rules; one optimistic and one conservative rule for each safety technology, to identify future safety gaps. Secondly, the effectiveness of recently implemented vehicle safety regulations was estimated and used to characterise remaining crash. Since both these studies found that the proportion of crashes involving Powered Two-Wheelers (PTWs) will remain high, the final study identified the most frequent crash configurations of PTWs.
Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) in cars, trucks, and buses were found to be the most effective pre-crash safety technologies among the evaluated pre-crash safety systems for reducing injury crashes in India. While these technologies will help reduce future crashes, the proportion of heavy vehicle-to-pedestrian and heavy vehicle-to-PTW crashes will increase. The recently implemented regulations were estimated to reduce 6–13% of road traffic fatalities in India. Overspeed alerts, offset frontal crash performance by standardised testing and seatbelt reminders were found to be the three components of the regulations most effective at reducing fatalities when the optimistic rules were used. Both these studies illustrate that a large proportion of the very frequent crashes involving PTWs will remain. The most frequent crash configurations involving PTWs in India were front-to-front PTW to truck or car, followed by riders falling of the PTW (ground impact).
Although the recently implemented vehicle safety regulations in India will contribute to a substantial fatality reduction, they alone will not achieve the reduction target set for 2030. Estimates of the remaining future crashes call for increased attention to fatal crashes involving PTW riders and pedestrians. To address the safety of PTW users, one recommendation is to focus on in-crash protection of PTW users, in addition to strong enforcement of the helmet law and other existing regulations.
Pradeep Puthan Pisharam
Chalmers, Mechanics and Maritime Sciences, Vehicle Safety
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Defining crash configurations for Powered Two-Wheelers: Comparing ISO 13232 to recent in-depth crash data from Germany, India and China
Accident Analysis and Prevention,; Vol. 151(2021)
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Chalmers University of Technology
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