Project: Evaluation of Motorcycle Safety Systems

Reference: S0803/V6

Last update: 17/12/2008 19:25:45


The objectives of the research are:
a) develop a methodology that could be used to evaluate the impact that new motorcycle safety technologies would have on accidents;

b) review existing studies / reports and provide a short summary with recommendations;

c) provide an initial estimate of the number of lives saved or serious injury prevented should ABS and / or CBS be fitted to all UK motorcycles; detailing assumptions and evidence where possible;

d) produce a report that summarises the findings of the ABS/CBS accident analysis and include future recommendations and any knowledge gaps.


The project is intended to deliver a report giving an initial asssessment regarding the safety benefit of motorcycle ABS and CBS systems.
The report will also include a proposed methodology to enable other safety systems to be evaluated and an estimate of the overall effect that the two initial systems would have in terms of motorcycle accidents.


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Contract details

Cost to the Department: £30,000.00

Actual start date: 06 June 2008

Actual completion date: 20 February 2009


Development of a methodology for the evaluation of Safety Systems for Powered Two wheelers - Final Report
Author: T L Smith, T Gibson, M MCCarthy
Publication date: 04/12/2008
ISBN: 978-1-84608-766-0
Source: TRL
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Summary of results

  1. Developed a methodology which can be used to assess the potential benefits of new safety systems for motorcycles. Thismethodology was applied to evaluate ABS, combined braking and Brake assist.