Research lines

MoBe's three main research focus areas are:

  • Technology: development and effectiveness evaluation of driving support systems designed to reduce the negative impacts of incorrect and/or dangerous behaviors, both on the vehicle side (ADAS, augmented reality systems, etc.) and on the infrastructure side (advanced signage, infrastructure-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-vehicle communication, as part of the development of autonomous driving systems);
  • Assessment: development and validation of methods for the assessment of driving skills of normal subjects, and subjects with psycho-physical limitations;
  • Education and Learning: development and validation of methods for the enhancement/recovery of driving skills of normal and impaired subjects.

The three research lines contribute in various ways to the reduction of the social and economic consequences of road crashes. The project has the ambition to activate a synergistic system, integrated in a network of public and private entities, able to develop and coordinate innovative activities for road safety, at local, national and international level.

Further topics of interest for the Center are:

  • Mobility as a Service (MaaS)
  • Automated vehicles (AV)


  1. Validation of ADAS driving support tools for promoting defensive driving style (project FSE 2105-56-11-2018, title “Un SIstema Connesso di sUpporto alla guida per la riduzione del Rischio di Incidente - SICURI”);
  2. Study of relationships between behavioral/kinematic and psychophysiological variables of driving performance for sleepiness detection  (project ALERT 2019, title “Analysis of performance of a wearable device for driver fatigue detection” financed by Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A. and Garmin Switzerland GmbH, in collaboration with ICEA);
  3. Funding, by the University of Padua, for updating research infrastructures,  D.R. 1458/2019 prot. n° 182770, title: "BIke - vehiCle Interaction analysis for Road safety (BICI)".


Rossi, R., Orsini, F., Tagliabue, M., Di Stasi, L. L., De Cet, G., & Gastaldi, M. (2021). Evaluating the impact of real-time coaching programs on drivers overtaking cyclists. Transportation research part F: traffic psychology and behaviour, 78, 74-90.

Orsini, F., Tagliabue, M., De Cet, G., Gastaldi, M., & Rossi, R. (2021). Highway Deceleration Lane Safety: Effects of Real-Time Coaching Programs on Driving Behavior. Sustainability, 13(16), 9089.

Tagliabue, M., Rossi, R., Gastaldi, M., De Cet, G., Freuli, F., Orsini, F., ... & Vidotto, G. (2021). Visual Feedback Effectiveness in Reducing Over Speeding of Moped-Riders. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, 572.

Gianfranchi, E., Tagliabue, M., Megías-Robles, A., & Maldonado, A. (2021). The role of feedback in shaping responses to risky road scenarios: Evidence from electrodermal activity. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 83, 130-147.

Orsini, F., Gecchele, G., Rossi, R., & Gastaldi, M. (2021). A conflict-based approach for real-time road safety analysis: comparative evaluation with crash-based models. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 161, 106382.

Rossi, R., Tagliabue, M., Gastaldi, M., De Cet, G., Freuli, F., Orsini, F., ... & Vidotto, G. (2021). Reducing Elevated Gravitational-Force Events through visual feedback: a simulator study. Transportation research procedia, 52, 115-122.

Freuli, F., De Cet, G., Gastaldi, M., Orsini, F., Tagliabue, M., Rossi, R., & Vidotto, G. (2020). Cross-cultural perspective of driving style in young adults: Psychometric evaluation through the analysis of the Multidimensional Driving Style Inventory. Transportation research part F: traffic psychology and behaviour, 73, 425-432.

Rossi, R., Meneguzzer, C., Orsini, F., & Gastaldi, M. (2020). Gap-acceptance behavior at roundabouts: Validation of a driving simulator environment using field observations. Transportation research procedia, 47, 27-34.
Di Stasi, L. L., Diaz-Piedra, C., Morales, J. M., Kurapov, A., Tagliabue, M., Bjärtå, A., ... & Catena, A. (2020). A cross-cultural comparison of visual search strategies and response times in road hazard perception testing. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 148, 105785.

Centola, C., Tagliabue, M., Spoto, A., Palpacelli, M., Giorgetti, A., Giorgetti, R., & Vidotto, G. (2020). Enhancement of unsafe behaviors in simulated moped-riding performance under the influence of low dose of alcohol. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 136, 105409.

Orsini, F., Gecchele, G., Gastaldi, M., & Rossi, R. (2020). Large-scale road safety evaluation using extreme value theory. IET Intelligent Transport Systems, 14(9), 1004-1012.

Orsini, F., Gecchele, G., Gastaldi, M., & Rossi, R. (2019). Collision prediction in roundabouts: a comparative study of extreme value theory approaches. Transportmetrica A: transport science, 15(2), 556-572.

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Gianfranchi, E., Tagliabue, M., Spoto, A., & Vidotto, G. (2017). Sensation seeking, non-contextual decision making, and driving abilities as measured through a moped simulator. Frontiers in psychology, 8, 2126.

Gianfranchi, E., Spoto, A., & Tagliabue, M. (2017). Risk profiles in novice road users: relation between moped riding simulator performance, on-road aberrant behaviors and dangerous driving. Transportation research part F: traffic psychology and behaviour, 49, 132-144.

Biondi, F., Strayer, D. L., Rossi, R., Gastaldi, M., & Mulatti, C. (2017). Advanced driver assistance systems: Using multimodal redundant warnings to enhance road safety. Applied ergonomics, 58, 238-244.

Biondi, F., Rossi, R., Gastaldi, M., & Mulatti, C. (2014). Beeping ADAS: Reflexive effect on drivers’ behavior. Transportation research part F: traffic psychology and behaviour, 25, 27-33.

Rossi, R., Gastaldi, M., & Gecchele, G. (2011). Analysis of driver task-related fatigue using driving simulator experiments. Procedia-Social and Behavioral Sciences, 20, 666-675.