Public Benefit of Road Safety Barrier Innovation

Barrier innovation exists in two primary forms, the first being revolutionary new product that fulfils a latent market demand or road safety need, the second being continuous improvement of existing barrier technology. To understand all facets that contribute to the innovation process and the ultimate deliverable of bringing new safety-enhanced technologies or products to market is to realize that this is an entire industry process. Before examining industry’s effectiveness at maintaining pace in development, it is necessary to examine the achievements and the incumbent requirements on industry participants in bringing to market improvements that deliver tangible safety benefits to the traveling motorist. A simple model for the innovation process assists in framing the effectiveness of historical development and industry’s ability to deliver innovation. There is prolific use of barrier systems in applications where hazards previously went unsheltered. Moreover, significant improvements in the performance of barrier systems help reduce their own inherent risk as a roadside hazard. This has been achieved from industry pioneers and continuous innovation from industry competition. Maintaining legacy systems that are noncompliant to the performance standard and cost ineffective may stifle competition and slow future evolution of safer barrier systems. Moreover, the traveling public would not benefit from the safest possible roadside safety barriers. For the public interest to be optimally served, it is incumbent on the industry to consider different changes in performance standards and discontinue legacy systems if deemed obsolete. This will set an environment to encourage competition and continued advancement of the safety of road barrier systems used on Australian roads.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 116-121
  • Monograph Title: Roadside Safety Design and Devices: International Workshop, March 26, 2015, Melbourne, Australia
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01676068
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 24 2018 3:06PM