Due to efforts that were put into road safety a reduction of almost 50 percent of total fatalities was achieved in Europe in the past years. This includes also a reduced number of elderly fatalities due to road accidents. However, among all the road fatalities, the proportion of elderly is steadily increasing.
In an ageing society, the SENIORS project (Safety ENhancing Innovations for Older Road userS) aims to improve the safe mobility of the elderly, and obese persons if found considerable, using an integrated approach. Thus, this project will primarily investigate and assess the injury reduction that can be achieved through innovative and suitable tools as well as safety systems in the automotive sector targeting the protection of the elderly (and obese persons) as car occupants and external road users (pedestrians, cyclists) being involved in a crash.
SENIORS has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. The project volume amounts to approximately 2.9 million Euros. SENIORS was officially launched on 1 June 2015 and ends on 31 May 2018.
The coordination of the project is carried out by BASt. Other project partners are Autoliv Development AB (Sweden), Ford-Werke GmbH (Germany), Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (Italy), Humanetics Europe GmbH (Germany), IDIADA Automotive Technology SA (Spain), Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (Germany) and the Transport Research Laboratory Limited (Great Britain). A special attention will be paid in addition to cooperation with industry, academic and governmental bodies, for example from the United States (NHTSA, University of Virginia), Japan (NTSEL, JARI/JAMA) and South Korea (KATRI).
BASt is active in all technical work packages - accident research, biomechanics, development of test tools, procedures, and assessments, carrying out crash and impactor tests as well as numerical simulations - and is heavily involved in the work packages for project management and dissemination of results.