The large-scale European Naturalistic Driving Study project, called UDRIVE, currently recruits drivers in the seven EU member states countries where its operation sites are located.  The UDRIVE project collects data on passenger cars, trucks, and powered two-wheelers in naturalistic conditions – meaning that the behaviour of road users is recorded unobtrusively in a natural setting. The UDRIVE project aims to involve 50 trucks, 120 cars (from households where more than one person drives the same vehicles) and 40 powered two-wheelers.

Naturalistic Driving is a research method/approach undertaken to provide insight into driver behavior during everyday trips by recording details on the driver, the vehicle and the surroundings through unobtrusive data gathering equipment (DAS) and without experimental control. 

The operation sites that are recruiting are located in Austria, France, Germany, Poland, Spain, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

Information on the UDRIVE project in the local language and contact details of each of the seven sites can be found here.

The choice of operation sites in the seven countries was motivated by aiming at having a good spread over countries with different characteristics in terms of road safety records, road user behavior, road infrastructure, the presence of vulnerable road users, climate, traffic density, etc.

By collecting and analyzing data from the vehicles, experts will be able to determine the impact of driver behavior on road safety and the environment, and bring new solutions to improve safety and efficiency on European roads.

UDRIVE is a project funded by the European.

Original author: Maria