Top-level R&D at VUFO

The Research and Development teams at VUFO all work in an interdisciplinary way, bringing together such areas as vehicle development, traffic psychology, and software and hardware development. VUFO therefore sees itself both as a research institute and as a development service provider.

The sphere of Research and Development is divided into the following areas:

Data Collection

For each accident, a four-strong team records average 3,400 items of data in completely digital form. The data collection has been optimised so that no delays occur in clearing the accident scene.

3D Accident Investigation

In addition to proven surveying methods, traffic accident research has also been using a laser scanner for data collection since 2016.

Accident Reconstruction

The process of a traffic accident will be analyze considering physical limits at reconstruction of traffic accidents.The detailed, true to scaled accident sketches is the basis of reconstruction, which can be done two- or three-dimensional.

Data Analysis

The recorded data are analysed in detail by VUFO, for example with regard to the effectiveness of the seat belt. The findings subsequently have an influence on legal provisions and guidelines or are used directly in the further development of vehicle safety.

Research Field Tyres/ Roadway

In Germany, complete aquaplaning is only the cause of every thousandth car involved in an accident. In order to approach the topic of aquaplaning as an accident cause, the VUFO has carried out an analysis for Germany.


Accidents are reconstructed manually and with the aid of the MATLAB, PC Crash and MADYMO programs. The entire sequence of events in the accident, from the moment of initiation via the collision up to the point when the vehicles come to a standstill, is investigated, with characteristic values such as deceleration due to braking, initial speed and collision speed being determined.

Naturalistic Driving Study - NDS

In addition to the pure data analysis, VUFO also deals with the collection of driving scenarios and the conduct of driving behavior studies.

Data Sources

In addition to GIDAS, numerous national and international traffic accident databases are also available for the analyzes.

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