• Prologue

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

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The project Promoting real Life Observations for Gaining Understanding of road user behaviour in Europe – for short PROLOGUE (Seventh Framework Programme of the European Commission) - aims to contribute to reducing the number of road casualties in Europe by further developing and testing the naturalistic observation methodology.

The naturalistic observation method enables the observation of road users in an inconspicuous way by equipping the passenger cars with devices that continuously monitor various aspects of driving behaviour including information about vehicle movements, the driver and the direct environment.

The last years technical developments, e.g. improvements in the field of data storage and data mining, now make it possible to gather and analyse data on a large-scale about the interrelationship between driver, vehicle, road and other traffic in normal situations as well as in conflict situations and in actual collisions. This gained information is to help to enhance road safety in the future.

Based on the literature, experiences elsewhere and a series of small-scale field trials PROLOGUE will result in recommendations and an outline for a large-scale naturalistic study in Europe, dealing with research questions, methodology and technology for data collection, data storage, data reduction, data mining and data analysis.

The implementation of naturalistic observations requires to make a large group of people familiar with the method and to convince them of its usefulness. In order to reach all target groups in the most efficient way, a dissemination plan was developed in order to enhance the distribution of results and deliverables at different stages of the project work as well as to identify stakeholders and expert groups in the field and gather input and relevant views concerning the project.

PROLOGUE started in August 2009 with a duration of 24 months.

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Last update: September 20, 2010