Richard Cuerden

Cuerden RichardRichard Cuerden has worked in road safety and vehicle engineering research for more than 20 years and leads a diverse portfolio of research and consultancy projects.

His work ranges from establishing European regulatory durability standards to ensure tail-pipe emissions remain within the mandated pollutant limits for the life of the vehicle; to coordinating the collection and analysis of in-depth road collision data for the DfT.

Richard has a strong track record of identifying safety design priorities based on real world evidence and has a wealth of knowledge and expertise with respect to vehicle technologies and accident and injury prevention.

In 2015, Richard’s published work included helping to draft the European Union’s eCall type-approval regulation; and quantifying how many road casualties will be prevented if minimum secondary safety standards are adopted in the world’s emerging markets.

Presentation:  Young car drivers and safety technologies – what are the challenges?

This paper will outline the characteristics of collisions involving young car drivers in Great Britain and considers the potential for vehicle safety systems and technologies to prevent and/or mitigate the real world injuries experienced.

The UK’s Road Accident In-Depth Studies (RAIDS) database is used to provide an original insight into the collision typology and causation. The presentation highlights the immediate regulatory priorities for the European Commission with regard to Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and improved crashworthiness protection for casualty reduction.

Specifically, a review of potential regulatory additions that could be incorporated in the EU’s General Safety Regulation (EC 661/2009 published 2009) and Pedestrian Safety Regulation (EC 78/2009 published 2009) are outlined.

These measures – which if adopted into EU Regulations could form the foundations for future performance requirements, testing protocols and standards for more autonomous systems – are aimed at all ages of road users.

The implications and potential benefits for younger drivers are discussed, with consideration of the timescales for adoption. Finally, the types and ages of cars driven by younger people and involved in collisions, along with the UK’s changing mobility trends are considered.