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The main goal of SENIORS project is to improve the safe mobility of the elderly, including obese, using an integrated approach and real-based knowledge that includes the main modes of transport as well as the particularities of this vulnerable road user group.
Started: June 2015
Duration: 36 months
Total budget: 2.9M€
Coordinator: Marcus Wisch, BASt
Partners: BASt, Autoliv, FCA, Ford, Applus IDIADA, Humanetics, LMU & TRL
SENIORS will investigate and assess the injury reduction that can be achieved through innovative tools and safety systems targeting the protection of the elderly as car occupants and external road users (road users who are outside of a vehicle such as pedestrians, cyclists, e-bike riders). It is expected that the safety improvement of the main modes of transport used by the elderly will impact positively the safety of the other modes such as public transportation and motorcycles.
In order to exploit the capabilities of modern safety systems fully, this project aims to have a short term impact in the elderly road user safety by:
  • Improving the protection of elderly road users as VRU in an integrated approach under consideration of the most relevant transport modes.
  • Identification of the differences in dynamics of different road user age groups in the pre-crash and crash phase.
  • Identification of anthropometric and injury mechanism peculiarities of elderly, including obese people, compared to younger people.
  • Development and optimisation of test tools, procedures and assessment methods with special regard to elderly and obese users.
  • Transfer of knowledge and results through cooperation with regulatory, consumer and insurance entities.
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 636136
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