28.08.2019 09:11 Age: 19 Tage
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20 years of German In-Depth Accident Study - 20 years of traffic accident research in Dresden

On 11.07.2019 the festival symposium took place in Dresden under the patronage of the Federal Minister of Transport Andreas Scheuer MdB on the occasion of the anniversary "20 years GIDAS - Verkehrsunfallforschung in Dresden und Hannover".

One of the aims of the event was to pay tribute to the work carried out over the past two decades and to thank all the partners, sponsors and employees involved. In addition to a review of the GIDAS history and previous findings, the future of traffic and accident research and its significance for the current changes in the field of mobility and traffic were also discussed.

About 100 participants accepted the invitation of the VUFO, among them representatives of ministries, authorities, research institutions, associations as well as partners from the automobile manufacturer and supplier industry. The importance of road safety and safe mobility has already been demonstrated by the high-ranking and renowned speakers.

After the official welcome by Mr. Henrik Liers (Managing Director of VUFO) and Dr. Bremer (Managing Director of Dresden International University), MDir Guido Zielke (Head of Department Road Traffic in the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure) opened the symposium. He gave an insight into the manifold topics and questions, which the BMVI is currently dealing with in the field of road safety and presented the extent to which accident data are included as an indispensable source of knowledge.

For the automotive industry, none other than the President of the VDA (German Association of the Automotive Industry), Mr Bernhard Mattes, had personally come to Dresden to present their point of view on the subject of road safety. He praised the exemplary cooperation between the public sector, private industry and interdisciplinary science under which GIDAS has developed into the world's leading accident research project. In addition to a review of the successes of past road safety work, Mr. Mattes also addressed the topics and challenges that mobility of the future will bring with it: high complexity, automation, artificial intelligence, networking, alternative drives and new forms of mobility.

Speakers of the first session (from left) Horst Kretzschmar, Prof. Stefan Strick, MDir Guido Zielke, Henrik Liers, Prof. Horst Brunner, Bernhard Mattes, Dieter Scheunert, Prof. Andre Seeck (Source: VUFO GmbH)

Subsequently, the President of the Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt), Prof. Stefan Strick, summed up the past 20 years of the GIDAS project from the point of view of his institution, whose preparatory work and initiative laid the foundation for the foundation and success of the GIDAS project. His core message was that the further decline (even stagnation) in the number of road deaths requires immense efforts and that representative, interdisciplinary and high-quality accident data such as that of the GIDAS project are necessary.

In the fourth keynote speech, the Saxon State Police President, Mr. Horst Kretzschmar, spoke about the importance of road safety work from the point of view of the police. He praised the long-standing cooperation of the survey teams with the authorities and assured the VUFO of the future support of the Saxon police.

The session of the lectures was opened with an informative dialogue on the topic "Development of traffic accident research in Germany and initiation of the GIDAS project from the point of view of the client" by Prof. Andre Seeck (Head of Vehicle Technology, BASt) and Dieter Scheunert (Head of Product Analysis/Product Safety, Daimler AG). In addition to interesting facts on the history of traffic accident research in Germany, the central needs and questions of official and industrial GIDAS partners were the basis of the discourse.

In the following lecture block Andreas Georgi (group leader active/ passive safety, accident research Robert Bosch GmbH) and Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dieter Schaser (Medical Director University Centre for Orthopaedics and Accident Surgery, University Hospital Dresden) presented selected findings and achievements from the vehicle technology and accident medical perspective of the past two decades.

Under the title "20 times 365 days of research on the road: The GIDAS surveys from the point of view of the research participants", the heads of the two GIDAS survey teams, Henrik Liers (VUFO Dresden) and Dr. Heiko Johannsen (traffic accident research at Hanover Medical School) presented milestones, current challenges and selected statistics from everyday accident research.

In the final part of the event, Prof. Klaus Kompass (Head of Vehicle Safety, BMW Group), Marcus Wisch (BASt) and Prof. Dr. Günther Prokop (Chair of Automotive Technology, TU Dresden) presented their views on future accident and traffic research

A large part of the slides can be downloaded here: Lecture Andreas Georgi (BOSCH), Lecture Henrik Liers (VUFO), Lecture Prof. Dr. Günther Prokop (TU Dresden), Lecture Marcus Wisch (BASt)

The accompanying exhibition with stands by Bosch, the traffic accident service of the Dresden police, the Saxon Energy Agency (SAENA) and the VUFO also met with great approval and stimulated lively exchange during the breaks.

Presentation of innovative safety systems for motorcycles and pedelecs by Robert Bosch GmbH (Source: VUFO GmbH)

The VUFO would like to thank all speakers and guests for their participation in the event. Our special thanks go to Robert Bosch GmbH, the winery Schloss Proschwitz Prinz zur Lippe, the Autohaus Dresden-Reick and the DIU for their support.

To the next 20 years of GIDAS!

"Family meeting" of the German traffic accident research initiatives (Source: VUFO GmbH)