Project description

ERASER is a transnational European research project focusing on self-explaining European roads. The project aims to bridge the gap between the fundamental knowledge of self-explaining roads and engineering practices.

Most road collisions are caused by human error, and so it can be beneficial to aim to prevent collisions by influencing human behaviour. Other interventions, that are equally valid, aim to reduce the severity of crashes when they do occur (e.g. forgiving road design).
The philosophy of self-explaining roads suggests that it is possible to encourage road users to adopt safe behaviour simply by the design of the road environment. Clear and consistent road design can help drivers to understand intuitively what to expect from the road and subsequently to facilitate appropriate behaviour and safe use of the road. Ensuring vehicles travel at appropriate speeds is a key factor in road safety as speed affects both the likelihood of a crash occurring, and the severity of crashes when they do occur.