Running 30 Marathons in 30 months
After more than 30 years of dedication to road safety science and several Marathon races, I decided to combine both passions for a cause: to run 30 Marathons in 30 months in order to actively
Vision Zero Road Fatalities in Greek Motorways
Motorways are one of the most important transportation subsystems, which provide at the same time quick, comfortable and safe travelling. Motorways are the safest road infrastructures worldwide. Despite their significant traffic volumes, only 8.5% of
Athens Traffic: Inertia leads to chaos
Traffic in Athens is continuously deteriorating and traffic congestion is expected to further increase if no immediate action is taken. Unfortunately, the decade of financial crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic were two more missed opportunities.
Is Artificial Intelligence the future of road safety?
Is Artificial Intelligence the future of road safety? Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning techniques are currently used in several road safety related applications, supporting decision making of both the Authorities and the road users and
Road Traffic Accidents Pandemic versus Covid-19 Pandemic
Road Traffic Accidents is a Pandemic comparable to Covid-19 Pandemic Covid-19 is a major pandemic with large number of victims (165.000 fatalities at mid-April 2020), which can be compared to the road traffic accidents pandemic (1,35
Which is the right mix of mobility and safety policies?
Today there is too much imbalance between urban mobility and safety policies, with mobility and efficient travelling dominating the mind of the citizens and subsequently the choices of the politicians, even if everybody agrees and
How can new road safety data accelerate safety improvement?
Data is a key support tool for developing evidence-based road safety policies. However, we are quite far from both disposing the right data and appropriately using them. Today, very often, we look where the data
Saving lives together
An interview at the inSCIght on-line magazine of Hasselt University How did it all start? Everything started with my studies in civil and transportation engineering back in Athens, and later on in Paris. There I developed my
Why do we need an African Road Safety Observatory?
Road casualties is a major burden to the society worldwide. According to WHO statistics, road casualties in Africa are by far proportionally higher than in any other region of the world. However, do we know
How to improve road safety data in Africa?
Road safety data collection and storage are critical for a series of procedures to improve road safety. However, capturing accurate and complete road safety data is a difficult and complex issue. The main problems faced
How is advanced research going to upgrade transport systems in the digital world?
Transport sector in the digital era relies more and more on high end transport research. The Europeans are expecting more and more integrated and cost affordable services in all transport modes and the European transport
Why road accident data correlations do not reveal causations?
Road accident analysis is focussing too much on accident characteristics and too little on accident causes. Very often, we look where the data are and not where the problems are. Consequently, there is imperative need
How to measure distracted driving risk?
Driver distraction is lately becoming a key critical road accident risk factor, equivalent or even more important than the well-known "four big road killers": speed, drink-and-drive, non-use of seat belt and helmet. Some argue that
Can we safely mix road and flying vehicles traffic?
Recent technological advances are bringing closer the introduction of flying vehicles (Vertically Taking off and Landing Vehicles -VTOLs) into the transport systems of the near future. Technology pioneers announce massive introduction of flying vehicles within
Can we manage the aggressive behaviour of autonomous vehicles?
The connected and automated vehicles will have to cope with other automated or not vehicles and connected or not road users (drivers, riders, pedestrians) and a priority negotiation will always be necessary, especially at junctions.
How far can go the digital integration of traffic systems?
At the digitalisation era more and more life activities are supported by digital systems and services, in which data and information are collected, processed, organised and re-directed through dedicated services to the end user but
Can we manage the co-existence of autonomous and non-autonomous traffic?
Autonomous vehicles are bringing a very different new reality in road traffic. However, human factors will remain present both in the near future and in the long term, because of the: - mixed traffic of
Can the internet of everything improve road user behaviour?
The Internet of Things and of Everything is steadily making easily available massive driving and travelling data, which present a very high potential for monitoring driving and travelling behaviour and subsequently provide customized feedback both
Which are the autonomous vehicles’ critical choices?
Today the driver makes choices, tomorrow the choices will be made by the autonomous vehicles, by the autonomous traffic and by the people managing them. So there is need to "train" the vehicles, the traffic
Which are the key policy orientations for safer city traffic?
The main difference between roads and the other transport modes, is that most road vehicle drivers are not professionals, not having received heavy training and not following the very high and strict behaviour standards of
Which are the key safety choices in the modern city?
The high complexity of the urban environment requires the joint consideration of several societal needs such as the environmental and energy performance, the transport and safety effectiveness, the functional urban structure and the overall quality