• Prologue

    Promoting real Life Observations for Gaining Understanding of road user behaviour in Europe

1st workshop

On 18 February 2010 the first pan-European PROLOGUE workshop was held in Brussels.

The workshop focused on the dissemination of ongoing and finished research, the experiences so far, the expected value of a European Naturalistic Driving study and dealt with considerations for the development of a pan-European naturalistic observation initiative.
54 participants from all over the world came together in order to discuss the potential and benefits of Naturalistic Driving (ND) for different user groups.

Workshop programme:

  • Rob Eenink, PROLOGUE's principal investigator and coordinator, gave an overview about the PROLOGUE project
  • Ken Campbell, Chief Safety Program Officer of SHRP2, USA reported the latest news from SHRP2, the American ND programme
  • Adriaan Heino represented the Achmea Insurance Company and provided insight to the interests of the insurance industry concerning the ND methodology
  • Tsippy Lotan, chief scientist at OR YAROK, presented the concept and potential of the green box
  • Michael Gatscha, senior researcher at Test & Training International, introduced the participants to the P-drive system for data collection and processing

After these opening speeches the participants could attend one of the two working groups:

Workshop 1: Methodology and Technology

  • Andrew Morris, reader in vehicle safety at Loughborough University, referred to methodological, technical and organisational issues of WP2
  • Open discussion afterwards
    Moderator: Pedro Valero

Workshop 2: Topics for ND research

  • Fridulv Sagberg, senior researcher at the Norwegian Institute for Transport Economics (TOI), gave an overview of ND driving research topics and presented the results of the PROLOGUE questionnaire survey and state-of-the-art analysis
  • Open discussion afterwards
    Moderator: Martin Winkelbauer

Final speeches:

  • Jean-Paul Repussard from DG MOVE commented on ND from the European Commission's perspective
  • Pedro Valero & Martin Winkelbauer summarised the contents of each workshop discussion
  • Rob Eenink gave a brief résumé of the day


In WP1 previous and current international research studies, reports and activities relating to ND as well as different methodologies have been reviewed in order to collect all relevant information regarding actual and potential areas for the following pilot study.

Main areas that are currently investigated using ND methods are:

  • Driver distraction and inattention
  • Fatigue
  • In-vehicle systems
  • Lane change behaviour
  • Driver characteristics

A lot of research questions were given by the participants, such as:

  • What are the indicators for risky driving behaviour?
  • Difference between sexes/gender and age groups?
  • How do you validate the crash surrogate to make it useful to use this research?
  • What are typical near accident situations and how do riders/drivers react to avoid them?
  • Do elderly drivers have different strategies to avoid car crashes than young drivers?

The results of this workshop as well as the knowledge collected in the other WPs are the basis for developing material for one-day dissemination workshops at national or regional level where the focus will be on user's interests and how they would implement the knowledge they are looking for. Target group will be those involved in naturalistic studies and the potential users in the respective country of region.
Altogether, the PROLOGUE workshop was perceived as very good networking event.

Minutes (Deliverable 5.6) are available.


Last update: September 20, 2010