Traffic Psychology and Accident Prevention

FAPS – Fraunhofer IVI Accident Prevention School

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Interactive Road Safety Training with FAPS

Accident researchers, engineers and psychologists are working together in FAPS to develop the accident prevention of the future. By combining engineering solutions, accident analyses and psychological approaches that focus on the human being, the increased accident risk of children, teenagers and other vulnerable road users is brought into focus. The aim is to improve traffic education through the intelligent use of Smart Data and to individualize it for specific schools, thus increasing road safety.

The project uses real accident data from the EUSKa format of various federal states and makes them available for interactive accident prevention. For this purpose, high school students are confronted with real accident scenarios in their immediate environment and use 3D glasses to take the perspective of various road users. The adoption of this perspective leads to a sensitization and improvement of awareness and behavior in critical traffic situations for children and teenagers, helping avoid accidents in the long term.


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In-Depth Analysis of the Accident Statistics of Older Drivers

This project will study how often age-related changes play a role in the occurrence of accidents in general, which causes are particularly relevant to accidents and how the significance of these age-related changes in the occurrence of accidents increases or decreases over the course of a person's life. These analyses are based on statistical significance tests. The data from the German In-Depth Accident Study (GIDAS) and the special analysis methodology ACAS - Accident Causation Analysis System of MH Hannover (Otte, Pund, & Jaensch, 2009) provide the basis for the analyses.

As a result, statements can be made on the extent to which individual age-related changes have a significant influence on the general accident rate and that of the individual age groups. Although not quantifiable, the effect can at least be demonstrated by examining the effects of compensation over several age groups. The findings obtained provide indications of the necessary implications for the action areas »environment«, »vehicle« and »human«.


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