Traffic Safety


Our Aim: Vision Zero

Graphic: City view with buildings and vehicles, drone detects accident Copyright: © ISAC

With a wide range of research projects, we at the Institute of Highway Engineering would like to contribute to making the "Vision Zero" - i.e. the reduction of fatalities in road traffic to zero - a reality. However, the initial situation has changed fundamentally within the last decades, for example due to the increasing number of road users, changed demands on individual traffic and networked or automated mobility. Therefore, the currently established methods of road safety work are partly no longer effective in this context. New, preventive methods of safety analysis and concrete approaches to solutions are urgently needed.

New perspectives are offered here, for example, by innovative software solutions for safety analysis and for predicting accident events. Also to be considered is the expansion of traditional predictive possibilities through model-based predictions or traffic modeling.

Our forward-looking approaches also focus on all road users, regardless of the form of mobility they use. Adaptive control of traffic lights and other light signal systems can make a significant contribution to safety and comfort in cars, on bicycles or on foot.

In addition, emergency procedures can continue to be improved. An optimal rescue chain significantly increases the chances of survival for those involved if, despite preventive measures, a traffic accident does occur.



Extension of Traffic and Behavior Models

  • Distance models
  • Lane change models
  • Speed selection

Development of safety parameters

  • Accident risk assessment

Sample Projects

5URVIVE - 5G-based comprehensive strategy to improve emergency care survival


Impacts of Longer Trucks - Effects of longer trucks on traffic safety and traffic flow at work sites

BAG-Controls - Increased safety in the performance of BAG-Controls

Lighting of Night Construction Sites - Requirements for the lighting of night construction sites on motorways

Bridge Guard - Automatic guidance and control system for bridges with structural deficiencies

DROVA - Development of a drone-based traffic analysis to optimize the use of existing infrastructure by federal highways with evaluation of the suitability for online traffic monitoring

Electronic Detection and Warning System - Electronic Detection and Warning System of False Drivers on Motorways Using Radio Technology

FeGiS+ - Early detection of dangerous areas in traffic

Habituation effects in the use of fluorescent materials

InTraSens - Intelligent Traffic Sensors

MeBeSafe - Measures for Behaving Safely in Traffic

NeMo - New approaches to traffic modeling considering complex geometries and data

SMaRt - Supporting the Man-in-the-loop in Roadtunnel

Smart Traffic Signal Systems

Risk Assessments - Fundamentals for simulations-based accident risk assessments