At the Centre for Automotive Safety Research (CASR) we seek to understand the many factors contributing to road crashes, with the ultimate goal of eliminating harm from our road system.

Our research

CASR is internationally recognised as a leading independent research organisation in road safety, and has been at the forefront of this field for over 30 years. Our experienced, multidisciplinary team conducts high-quality research with significant real-world impact, enabling informed decision-making in the development and implementation of road safety countermeasures and policies.

Our research

Vehicle safety

At CASR we are constantly developing our advanced vehicle testing capability. We have a current focus on pedestrian crash testing and advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) research. We maintain a capability to conduct pedestrian impact testing to EU/ANCAP protocols. CASR has much to contribute to the understanding of emerging automotive technologies, autonomous vehicles and vulnerable road user safety.

Vehicle safety

Crash investigation

Our in-depth crash investigation program has been a core activity since the 1970s. CASR investigators attend road crashes in metropolitan and rural areas to identify what infrastructure, vehicle or human behaviour-based countermeasures may have prevented the crash, or reduced its severity. We work collaboratively with the emergency services on-site while maintaining our independent scientific investigations.

Crash Investigation

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Safe Systems for Road Engineers and Managers Micro-credential

CASR developed a self-paced online micro-credential, Safe Systems for Road Engineers, which will ensure you bridge the gap between professional practice and the Safe System application. You will learn the skills to effectively utilise the Safe System in road safety in your day-to-day role in road infrastructure.

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CASR showcased in NHMRC impact case study

CASR is proud to have had its past achievements showcased in the NHMRC impact case study series.

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For media enquiries or to discuss our consulting services, vehicle testing or possible collaboration on a research project, please contact our office or the CASR Laboratory.

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Latest publications and reports



Methamphetamine and Alcohol Detection in Vehicle-Driver Fatalities in South Australia: A Ten Year Survey (2008-2018)

Highlights Between January 2008 and December 2018 in South Australia MA was found in 28/300 (9%) of driver deaths. Between January 2008 and December 2018 in South Australia blood alcohol >0.05 g/100 ml was found in 115/300 (38%) of driver deaths. Although numbers of alcohol positive cases decline...



Profile of crashes at intersections in South Australia

Intersections represent one of the most safety critical parts of the road network. They are characterised by a high risk of collisions with large impact angles and high speeds. In 2019, 20% of fatal crashes in metropolitan areas occurred at intersections. Knowledge of both the types and relative inc...



The prevalence of in-vehicle driver distraction in moving traffic

Highlights • Driver behaviours in moving passenger and heavy vehicles were covertly recorded. • Driver distractions included mobile phones, reaching/holding and eating/drinking. • 8.6% of passenger vehicle drivers and 14% of heavy vehicle drivers were distracted. • Drivers were less distracted i...



Trends in young adult driver licensing rates in South Australia

Declines in the proportions of young adults with driver licences have been observed in several countries. This study investigated whether declines in driver licensing rates have also occurred among young adults (17-24 years) in South Australia and whether any such trends are associated with gender, ...


CASR wins Road Safety Innovation Fund grants



CASR secures three life saving Road Safety Innovation Fund grants

A novel low-cost Safe-System-aligned treatment for regional and remote intersections
(Dr. Christopher Stokes and Dr Mario Mongiardini)