CARRS-Q undertakes research into road safety and injury prevention in order to address the enormous human, economic and social costs resulting from road crashes. The Centre has a commitment to achieve real and long-term results by providing research based information to policy makers and the community.
The CARRS-Q Advanced Driving Simulator was officially launched in March 2010, and is available for use by researchers.
CARRS-Q research projects are grouped into the following themes:
This theme covers topics including the use of technology and information systems, design and assessment of future ITS technology, simulation and cost-benefit analysis. Team members have expertise in computer science, civil engineering, psychology, sociology, mathematics and statistics. This theme benefits from access to high quality research facilities including an advanced driving simulator, research vehicle, a range of analysis software and in-vehicle sensors.
The goal of this theme is to work with stakeholders from the tertiary, public, and private sectors to improve the safety and health of workers across industry. Within this area there is a strong, urgent and increasing need for solid research expertise to guide interventions, strategies, and policies in Australia and overseas. The current research programs have national and international partners working across a range of behaviour, policy, legislative and corporate culture projects.
The research undertaken within the Regulation and Enforcement theme focuses on the role of illegal behaviours in road crashes. The aim is to better understand the prevalence and nature of these behaviours in order to inform the implementation of best practice policies and practices in the area of traffic law enforcement. Many of the projects undertaken within this theme examine the personal, social, legal and situational factors contributing to illegal road use.
Topics covered under this theme include the impact on safety of driver and roadway interactions, advanced transport communications technologies, traffic operations, multi-modal connections (e.g. level crossings, bike lanes), and improving road safety data collection, analysis, and evaluation methods. This theme also includes transport system safety planning and management.
Projects in this theme relate to both road safety and more generic injury prevention issues. They may focus on a range of topics from exploring particular behaviours that may reduce safety, to targeted school and media interventions. Research covers the broad range of methodologies from basic laboratory based studies to the implementation and evaluation of programs.
Pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists comprise the most vulnerable road user groups. The projects in this theme seek to better understand the over-representation of these groups in crashes and the severity of their outcomes, and to develop interventions to address these issues. For motorcyclists, there is a focus on licensing and training issues, while patterns of activity and road environment issues are relatively more important in pedestrian and bicyclist projects.
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For matters related to research, please contact Andrea McCrindle, Centre Research Manager on ph. 3138 4873 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.