Open-Source Tools for Road User Safety Assessment

In a follow-up to the 2021 Recommendation on Open Science, UNESCO published their first global Open Science Outlook report last week, ‘Status and trends around the world’. The report notes that “open science offers cultural, social and economic benefits, including improved inclusivity and trust in science, increased impact, streamlined research and enhanced reproducibility. Open practices can make the scientific process more efficient, transparent and reliable, thereby strengthening evidence for decision-making and trust in science.”

An open-access approach has been our focus since the start of our EU-funded project. Our vision to provide open tools for virtual testing aligns closely with this vision of Open Science to enable better-informed decision-making and improve efficiency, equity, diversity and inclusiveness. We know from our open science initiative that international collaboration and exchange of knowledge among scientists and other knowledge holders, across sectors and among countries, is fundamental for meaningful and equitable, open science initiatives.

Open-Source Tools for Road User Safety Assessment
We present our recent publication, highlighting the open-source tools developed in the VIRTUAL project: ‘Open-Source Tools for Road User Safety Assessment from the VIRTUAL Project’.
You can find these tools on the OpenVT platform:

Results from the project foster the uptake of Virtual Testing. Contributions include the OpenVT platform, OVTO, seated and standing VIVA+ 50F and 50M, as well as the integrated assessment chain and more. They provide the VIVA+ models as female and male average road users. In future, the models can be used to represent all ages and sizes.

The OpenVT platform, OS-HBMs and tools for the simulation of road user safety and Cost-Benefit Analysis, will be further developed by the open global user and research community. The OpenVT platform continues to be maintained by OpenVT Organization (OVTO) as a collaboration platform for “improved inclusivity and trust in science, increased impact, streamlined research and enhanced reproducibility”.

Check out some of the tools available on the OpenVT:
-VIVA+ models:
-SET (

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