Even though road fatalities are decreasing, still more than 40,000 persons die on EU roads each year. New in-vehicle safety and driver assistance systems intervene before the accident happens. As more than 90% of all accidents are caused by human error this is a needed development. The trend of decreasing fatalities can be also seen in the Nordic countries, but however the amount of road accidents is still too big. The European Union has set ambitious goals on halving the amount of road casualties by 2020 and moving towards zero fatalities in 2050. In the Northern part of Europe especially, the extreme weather conditions, long distances and other challenges increase demand for increasing the safety on the roads.

The special and harsh climate conditions often lead to quick changes in the road-weather. Especially during the long winter period the road might be snowy, slushy,icy or wet. The newly rained water can easily make a dangerous surface on the road when the temperature quickly sets lower. However, a system that would communicate these changes to different road-user segments, is absent.

What kind of role can technology have in increasing the safety on the arctic roads?

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