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CARRS-Q.

CARRS-Q?

CARRS-Q.

What is CARRS-Q?

It’s a research centre.

It’s the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety.

And the Q?  That stands for Queensland.

We’re Brisbane-based, but our work is international.

Brisbane.  Nice place.

We’re a proactive network of industry and real world research.

Around the globe, road safety is imperative and our world-class researchers lead the way.

The goal of CARRS-Q is to reduce the burden of injury arising from road trauma.

Whether it’s injury prevention, safe systems technology, our unique simulator; CARRS-Q staff have the knowledge and expertise, and they’re out there making a difference.

Our driving simulator is important because it allows us to enhance our research capacity in a very safe and quick manner.

Applied research is at the heart of what we do, but CARRS-Q is much more.  We’re also one of the world’s leading providers of road safety education and training.

And CARRS-Q designs tailor-made training programs to help build professional capacity in your organisation.

With over ten years’ experience, we know about excellence in accident research and road safety.

We should: we work with global partners in government, industry and education.

At CARRS-Q we think it’s important that the road safety researchers get out of the office, and actually go and look at the problems that people experience on the roads, not only in Australia, but right around the world.

Like our projects in Indonesia, Malaysia, China and Pakistan, to improve their road safety.

CARRS-Q is a member of IHBI, QUT’s unique Institute for Health and Biomedical Innovation.

Our research informs our teaching methods, and it helps to shape the advice we provide to industry and government.

So... it’s all connected?

It sure is.  We combine research in information technology, engineering and psychology to create solutions to life-changing problems.

Working at CARRS-Q provides me the opportunity to make a real difference in people’s lives.  We focus on reducing road crashes, which continue to be a major cause of death and injury around the world.

Our expertise covers many areas.  Like raising awareness of drug driving and fatigue, or improving road safety education programs for schools and communities.

CARRS-Q gives me the opportunity and the support to enhance my research career.

Like raising the awareness of motorcycle and moped riders.  And improving cyclist and road worker visibility.

At CARRS-Q we have a dedicated team of researchers and educators, with a wide variety of backgrounds.

We work with the heavy vehicle industry and we’re renowned for our work in fleet and occupational road safety.

So, how can I be involved?

Well, there’s a range of research programs available for you to join.

CARRS-Q can provide you with qualifications like a Graduate Certificate, Diploma, Masters, or even a PhD awarded by QUT, one of Australia’s leading technological universities.

So, if it’s qualifications you’re after, big-picture strategies, professional development, or the safety of your family and fleet, CARRS-Q is researching, designing and developing programs for you.

With a national and international reputation for excellence in road safety, we are strongly committed to improving the safety of all road users.

Why not contact us to join our team, or to find out more.

If you want to make a difference, come and join us! (laughs)

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More than 170 people have lost their lives on Queensland roads this year.

It’s hoped this car, the only one of its kind in the world, will be key to reducing that figure in future.

It doesn’t actually go anywhere, but can take the driver from city streets to the highway with the touch of a button.

Tanya Smyth: "It’s fairly smooth."

And throw in some unexpected events.

Andrew Haines: "We’ll bring in a tropical rainstorm. And just to make it harder, we’ll make night fall as well."

Sally Eales: "Wherever you look, from the windscreen to the rearview mirrors, you’re immersed in a virtual world.

"But no matter how you drive, there’s no risk of crashing - thankfully."

So far, a study of the effect of fatigue while driving on a country road has produced frightening results.

Professor Andry Rakotonirainy: "Your vigilance will decline in four minutes."

Now, the task is turning that research into a practical warning system in cars.

They’re also looking at how vehicles without driver involvement will be able to avert crashes by themselves.

Professor Andry Rakotonirainy: "In the near future, in five years, we will have cars talking to other cars via the internet."

Tanya Smyth is testing the impact of medication on drivers.

Tanya Smyth: "People are quite confident that they can assess whether they are impaired or not."

This simulator will determine whether they are right.

Sally Eales, Seven News

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Queensland University of Technology’s road accident and safety research centre, CARRS-Q, is engaging state-of-the-art technology in a bid to help reduce death and destruction on our roads.

Housed at QUT’s Kelvin Grove campus, this $1.5 million simulator will enable researchers to study some of the most dangerous driver behaviours in the most challenging of driving conditions.

Australia’s most advanced driving simulator provides cutting-edge technology to study human behaviour in our most popular mode of transport.

Professor Barry Watson, Director of CARRS-Q: "The ability of the simulator is that it can recreate everyday driving situations, but then place people in situations which otherwise is very difficult to do in a controlled way."

The driving simulator is unique, as it allows researchers to manipulate driving environments and replicate real-time traffic conditions.

Prof Watson: "It allows us to look at behaviours in a much safer way than if we were looking at them out in the real world.

"Particularly, for example, if a driver is impaired by alcohol or drugs or fatigue, these are things that we know play a major part in road crashes, but unfortunately to study them out in the real world, we’d be putting people at risk on the road."

Tragically, road crashes are still a major cause of traumatic death and injury in Australia, with an economic and social burden estimated at more than $17 billion a year.

Some of the key behaviours that QUT’s CARRS-Q researchers will study include fatigue, drink-driving and driver distractions from technology such as mobile phones and in-car navigation systems.

Prof Watson: "The CARRS-Q simulator has a wide range of sensors that will allow us to collect a whole bank of information about not only how people handle the vehicle, where they’re looking when they’re driving, how they’re manipulating the steering wheel.

"This is all information that we will collect and then later on, with the aid of the computer, we can analyse and recreate what’s happening during their driving."

Professor Andry Rakotonirainy: "It’s hard to simulate the physics, but we can trick the brain to make the driver feel that they are in a specific driving situation.

"In terms of visual, how we trick the brain of the driver is really to have realistic graphics that we display in a 180 degree angle."

With efforts to lower road tolls having plateaued in recent years, the simulator offers a breakthrough in better understanding driver behaviour, and ultimately will be an important tool in improving those behaviours through quality research.

Prof Watson: "The research applications are limitless, and in particular not only allows us to study problems now, that are causing road crashes, but in the future as new problems emerge we’ll be able to study those as well."

Test driver: "So it seems fairly realistic, you definitely notice the cornering, you can feel the motion of the car."

QUT’s CARRS-Q will use researchers from a range of disciplines, including psychology, road safety, optometry, mathematics and physiology.

The simulator has been funded by QUT, the Australian Research Council, the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads, RACQ, the Motor Accident Insurance Commission, the University of Queensland, and General Motors Holden.

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CARRS-Q is the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety.

And the Q? That stands for Queensland.

We’re Brisbane-based, but our work is international.

We’re a proactive network of industry and real world research.

Around the globe, road safety is imperative and our world-class researchers lead the way.

Professor Barry Watson, Director of CARRS-Q: "Our goal at CARRS-Q is to reduce road trauma. We do that through our world-leading programs in road safety research and education."

As the only provider of targeted road safety studies in Australia, CARRS-Q is renowned for its world-leading education, professional development and research programs.

Dr Judy Fleiter, CARRS-Q PhD Graduate: "Probably the most significant opportunity that CARRS-Q has provided me with is support to follow my own research interests.

"And in doing so, support to meet and collaborate with the people who can make that happen.

"That was really, really vital to my project being successful."

Through both on-campus and distance education delivery, CARRS-Q can provide education programs to suit you and your lifestyle.

Darren Wishart, CARRS-Q Research Fellow and PhD Scholar: "CARRS-Q is recognised as a leader in road safety research around the world.

"I’m passionate about motorcycle safety because I’m an active motorcyclist, also a qualified motorcycle trainer.

"So I can work with industry and understand the implications for road safety from a variety of areas.

"The research that I do at CARRS-Q has enabled me to travel overseas and present our research findings to various conferences.

"I also think we can make a difference to industry, and a lot of our research programs have been demonstrated to make a difference to varying areas of road safety."

Students from around the world come to CARRS-Q to enhance their skills, knowledge and experience in road safety and injury prevention.

Dr Fleiter: "I’ve found the student culture at CARRS-Q to be very supportive.

"CARRS-Q is still a relatively small research centre, and we get to know each other quite well, we get to know each other’s research topics quite well, and therefore can support each other in a great and very fun way."

With over ten years’ experience in developing and delivering our unique road safety programs, CARRS-Q is a vibrant, dynamic place to study, with world-class lecturers and research supervisors.

So, if it’s qualifications you’re after, big-picture strategies, professional development, or the safety of your family and fleet, CARRS-Q is researching, designing and developing programs for you.

With a national and international reputation for excellence in road safety, we are strongly committed to improving the safety of all road users.

And we’re passionate about what we do, because we know it makes a difference.

Why not contact us to join our team, or to find out more.

Transcript

CARRS-Q is the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety.

And the Q? That stands for Queensland.

We’re Brisbane-based, but our work is international.

We’re a proactive network of industry and real world research.

Around the globe, road safety is imperative and our world-class researchers lead the way.

Professor Barry Watson, Director of CARRS-Q: "Our goal at CARRS-Q is to reduce road trauma. We do that through our world-leading programs in road safety research and education."

As the only provider of targeted road safety studies in Australia, CARRS-Q is renowned for its world-leading education, professional development and research programs.

Karen Burton, Senior Road Safety Officer – Gold Coast City Council: "The courses that I completed with CARRS-Q, in my opinion, are world class.

"I think the most important thing that I’ve learned is how to put together initiatives to save lives.

"That’s important to me, and it’s important to the community.

"I looked around for quite some time before I started studying, and found that CARRS-Q were the only ones that provided this type of professional training."

Through both on-campus and distance education delivery, CARRS-Q can provide education programs to suit you and your lifestyle.

Russell White, Founder – Driversafety.com.au and Fatality Free Friday: "Well the study I did at CARRS-Q involved a Graduate Certificate in Road Safety, and I must admit that it was the first time I went back to school at the age of forty.

"I wish I was that interested in learning when I was at school, as a teenager.

"But it was a fantastic course, I really got an enormous amount out of it.

"We never stop learning, and I think it’s important that we do more research to understand the reasons behind human behaviour and the human factors behind road trauma.

"I think the work that CARRS-Q does is important because it gives a real practical application to the research that allows practitioners like myself to be able to engage that on a broader community scale."

Karen Burton: "Since I’ve completed the courses with CARRS-Q, I now have the confidence to pick up something a little bit more challenging, so I’ve enrolled in a Masters degree – I’m really looking forward to that."

With over ten years’ experience in developing and delivering our unique road safety programs, CARRS-Q is a vibrant, dynamic place to study, with world-class lecturers and research supervisors.

So, if it’s qualifications you’re after, big-picture strategies, professional development, or the safety of your family and fleet, CARRS-Q is researching, designing and developing programs for you.

With a national and international reputation for excellence in road safety, we are strongly committed to improving the safety of all road users.

And we’re passionate about what we do, because we know it makes a difference.

Why not contact us to join our team, or to find out more.

CARRS-Q is the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety.

And the Q? That stands for Queensland.

We’re Brisbane-based, but our work is international.

We’re a proactive network of industry and real world research.

Around the globe, road safety is imperative and our world-class researchers lead the way.

Professor Barry Watson, Director of CARRS-Q: "Our goal at CARRS-Q is to reduce road trauma. We do that through our world-leading programs in road safety research and education."

As the only provider of targeted road safety studies in Australia, CARRS-Q is renowned for its world-leading education, professional development and research programs.

Karen Burton, Senior Road Safety Officer – Gold Coast City Council: "The courses that I completed with CARRS-Q, in my opinion, are world class.

"I think the most important thing that I’ve learned is how to put together initiatives to save lives.

"That’s important to me, and it’s important to the community.

"I looked around for quite some time before I started studying, and found that CARRS-Q were the only ones that provided this type of professional training."

Through both on-campus and distance education delivery, CARRS-Q can provide education programs to suit you and your lifestyle.

Russell White, Founder – Driversafety.com.au and Fatality Free Friday: "Well the study I did at CARRS-Q involved a Graduate Certificate in Road Safety, and I must admit that it was the first time I went back to school at the age of forty.

"I wish I was that interested in learning when I was at school, as a teenager.

"But it was a fantastic course, I really got an enormous amount out of it.

"We never stop learning, and I think it’s important that we do more research to understand the reasons behind human behaviour and the human factors behind road trauma.

"I think the work that CARRS-Q does is important because it gives a real practical application to the research that allows practitioners like myself to be able to engage that on a broader community scale."

Karen Burton: "Since I’ve completed the courses with CARRS-Q, I now have the confidence to pick up something a little bit more challenging, so I’ve enrolled in a Masters degree – I’m really looking forward to that."

With over ten years’ experience in developing and delivering our unique road safety programs, CARRS-Q is a vibrant, dynamic place to study, with world-class lecturers and research supervisors.

So, if it’s qualifications you’re after, big-picture strategies, professional development, or the safety of your family and fleet, CARRS-Q is researching, designing and developing programs for you.

With a national and international reputation for excellence in road safety, we are strongly committed to improving the safety of all road users.

And we’re passionate about what we do, because we know it makes a difference.

Why not contact us to join our team, or to find out more.

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