Transurban Road Safety Centre research partnership






Airbags and other safety features protect passengers in the front of a vehicle. But what about rear seat passengers – how can we better protect them? And how about child restraints and using chest clips? Do they prevent or cause injuries to young people in a crash? What can be done to improve safety for motorcyclists?

These are some of the questions we’re investigating through the Transurban Road Safety Centre with our research partner Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA).

NeuRA is an internationally recognised leader in brain and nervous system research and has a strong focus on road safety. The NeuRA team is exploring practical injury prevention strategies to prevent and reduce serious injuries and deaths on the road.

Housed at NeuRA’s headquarters in Randwick, the Transurban Road Safety Centre combines world-class research with state-of-the-art facilities. It includes a crash test sled capable of reaching real-life crash speeds and cameras that can record up to 1200 frames per second, allowing researchers to see what occurs in collisions.

During our third three year term, NeuRA is testing road-safety issues including:

  • Improving testing of child restraint systems for all children under real-world performance conditions
  • Testing child restraint design, user friendliness and crash performance
  • Autonomous vehicle seating and ‘out-of-position’ postures: investigating potential injury risk
  • Safety in the rear seat – children too big for boosters and too small for seat belts.

We will report on NeuRA’s findings and recommendations as the research progresses.

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