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Case study: Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety - Queensland

Business challenge

Road crashes result in an enormous human, economic and social cost. The Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety (CARRS-Q) is creating safer roadways and transport through high quality research, education and advocacy.

Our partners

Leadership team

Professor Narelle Haworth
Centre Director, CARRS-Q
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Health
Professor Andry Rakotonirainy
Deputy Director, CARRS-Q
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Health

Our approach

Technology capability

Our researchers collate, analyse and interpret data from a range of sources to explore driver and road-user behaviours and attitudes. Data-driven decision making joins advanced modelling and simulation techniques to bring a deeper understanding of road-user behaviours.

Transdisciplinary projects

Research at CARRS-Q brings together specialists from psychology, public health, urban design and planning, law and justice, and creative industries. We’re exploring new frontiers and creating real change in road-user behaviour through maximised diversity of skill and expertise.

End-user engagement

We’re changing road user’s behaviours through public education and road safety advertising campaigns. From traditional media to contemporary digital solutions, our researchers develop campaigns and messaging to address road-based behaviours and raise awareness.

Advanced driving simulator

Our driving simulator incorporates a complete Holden Commodore vehicle with working controls and instruments. The advanced driving simulator uses SCANeR™ studio software with eight computers, projectors and a motion platform that can move and twist in three dimensions. Drivers and passengers are immersed in a virtual environment that perfectly replicates the driving experience.

The advanced driving simulator is available for use by researchers and industry through contract or collaborative arrangements.

Impacts and outcomes

Establishing state-wide guidelines

The depth of our knowledge and understanding of road users means that we have been able to develop a best-practice toolkit to help practitioners implement effective, sustainable and long-term programs. This toolkit and these guidelines are available to the public and are endorsed by the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads.

Safety documentation standards

We’ve identified a number of improvement opportunities for the transport industry to improve road safety outcomes through consistent road safety documentation, driver training and induction processes, driver recruitment and retention, and crash and incident reporting, recording and investigation.

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