RESEARCH FOR YOUR SAFETY

Accident research since 1999

Since July 1999, we have been recording and analysing around 1,000 traffic accidents involving personal injury in the greater Dresden area every year. For each accident, we document an average of more than 3,000 pieces of information, which are stored in a structured database and later scientifically analysed. In addition, each traffic accident surveyed is reconstructed by experienced engineers. The interdisciplinary data collected as part of the GIDAS project serve the participating vehicle manufacturers and suppliers as a source of ideas and database for the conception, development, optimisation and subsequent field observation of new active and passive vehicle safety systems as well as functions of assisted, networked and automated driving. In addition, the knowledge gained from GIDAS analyses is incorporated into legislation, regulatory development and consumer protection tests. In addition, a wide range of questions can be answered in the fields of emergency medicine/rescue, infrastructure/traffic system design and traffic psychology.

As a research institution and engineering service provider, VUFO cooperates with the automotive industry, public authorities, ministries, research institutions, test and consumer protection organisations as well as associations and trade associations within the framework of national and international projects. Our work makes a decisive contribution to promoting safety innovations, reducing the number of accidents and injuries and reducing human suffering and economic costs.

In addition, we offer seminars and advanced training events in which we communicate our expertise in the areas of accident assessment, reconstruction, data analysis and simulation to interested parties. We also contribute our expertise to the Master's programme "Vehicle Safety and Accident Research" at the Dresden International University (DIU) and support local universities in the training of students.

Research & Development

VUFO is both a research institute and a development service provider. In addition to the field of vehicle development, VUFO is also active in the spheres of traffic psychology and software development.

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Education

As an educational institution VUFO offers numerous training and professional development courses. These include a variety of certificate courses and a master’s degree programme.

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Software

In collaboration with Trans4mation IT GmbH, VUFO has developed software that is suitable for the collection, analysis and processing of data relating to accidents. Find out more about tools such as Unidato, Gidas-Browser and DefDesc.

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VUFO

Since 1999 VUFO has been engaged in road traffic accident research in and around Dresden. Through the continuous work of VUFO, the research institute makes a significant contribution to the safety of road traffic.

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RECENT PUBLICATIONS

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2019 ESV Konferenz - Calculation of the point of no return (PONR) from real-world accidents

Continuing efforts in the field of traffic accident research has led to the

provided on: 04.09.2019

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2019 - DGUV Fachgespräch Verkehrssicherheit - Detailauswertung und Rekonstruktion von Verkehrsunfällen

- Kurzvorstellung des Verkehrsunfallforschungsprojektes GIDAS -

provided on: 28.03.2019

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2018 AARU - Die German In-Depth Accident Study (GIDAS) - Der Goldstandard?

provided on: 19.12.2018

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News

More and more pedestrians and cyclists die in road traffic in Saxony

05.03.2019

Statistically speaking, every ten days in Saxony a pedestrian and a cyclist die in road traffic. In no other federal state was the increase in the number of fatally injured persons in 2018 as large as in Bavaria. Henrik Liers...[more]

More and more accidents happens due to carelessness

28.02.2019

Distraction in road traffic is highly dangerous. If you only look at your mobile phone, you can quickly overlook a car. In an interview for MDR JUMP, Thomas Unger (Head of Data Analysis and Simulation of Traffic Accident Research...[more]

Release PCM v5.0 format specifications

19.02.2019

We are happy to release the specifications of the well-known and frequently used PCM format (e.g. in the GIDAS-PCM database) as version v5.0 in a more general and clearer way than before. It shall be applicable for any accident...[more]

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