# Improvement of Road Safety through Appropriate Cargo Securing Using Outliers

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## Abstract

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## 1. Introduction

^{−1}with a speed limiter), which also decreases the number of shocks affecting the transport.

_{sx}≥ F

_{x}

_{sy}≥ F

_{y}

_{sz}≥ F

_{z}

_{sx}, F

_{sy}, F

_{sz}are the amounts of securing forces on the individual axes (x—longitudinal, y—transverse, and z—vertical toward the motion of the vehicle), and F

_{x}, F

_{y}, F

_{z}are the amounts of inertial forces affecting the cargo during transport. According to regulation EN 12195-1:2010, value F

_{z}is not included and is considered the least problematic given the type of securing system used (Top-Over Lashing) and the effect of the weight force [6].

_{z}enters the calculation of inertial forces (required securing forces) on axes x and y; these are the relationships for the calculation according to regulation EN 12195-1:2010 [7]:

_{x}is the longitudinal inertia force to the vehicle movement, F

_{y}is the transverse, and c

_{x}, c

_{y}, c

_{z}are the acceleration coefficients in the individual axes. µ is the friction coefficient, m is the mass of the cargo, g is the gravity acceleration, f

_{s}is the coefficient of safety for frictional lashing, n is the required number of lashing straps, and α is the angle between the lashing strap and the deck of the vehicle.

_{x}, c

_{y}, c

_{z}) = (0.8; 0.6; 1.0)

_{z}= 2.0. Analogically, value c

_{z}= 3.0 was used for double exceeding.

## 2. Literature Review

## 3. Materials and Methods

#### 3.1. Transport Experiment–Measured Data

#### 3.2. Methods

**b**, ${n}_{2}$ is the amount of measurements greater than

**b**, and $n={n}_{1}+{n}_{2}$ is the total number of measurements. The choice of

**b**as the delimiting constant will be later clarified in Equation (10).

#### 3.3. Hypotheses

_{1}, H

_{2}, H

_{3}) were established to evaluate the measured data, along with their alternative hypotheses that correspond to the invalidity of the respective null hypotheses.

**H**

_{1}:**H**

_{2}:**H**

_{3}:## 4. Results

^{−1}. The differences in the average speeds between the individual segments were insignificant; the divergence from the average velocity in all segments was less than 1%. The average speed corresponds to the implemented speed limiter set to 85 km∙h

^{−1}.

#### 4.1. Results H_{1}

#### 4.2. Results H_{2}

**b**for the evaluation of an outlier was selected using the upper quartile ${x}_{0.75}$ and lower quartile ${x}_{0.25}$ along with the interquartile range $\left(IQR={x}_{0.75}-{x}_{0.25}\right)$, according to the formula:

_{2}was verified for the individual rides, axes, and the individual measuring devices separately. Subsequently, relative frequencies of exceeding the limits were established for the individual axes and individual locations of the measuring devices, and the statistical test of the null hypothesis was carried out, where the probability of exceeding the limit is equal to a maximum of 0.20 (respectively 20%) as opposed to the alternative hypothesis that the probability is greater than 0.20 (respectively 20%).

_{2}indicates the percentage of outliers. It is clearly noticeable from the table, that the highest percentage of outliers, greater than 2%, was in the Left-Front axis y 2855% (expected value of contaminated density is 0.901778), then in Left-Rear, axis z 2670% (expected value of contaminated density is 2.449605) and finally in Right-Rear, axis z 2.334% (expected value of contaminated density is 2.926286). The table also noticeably shows the expected value of the contaminated distribution in comparison with the expected value of the uncontaminated data, which correspond to the stationary part of the drive.

#### 4.3. Results H_{3}

_{2}. The null hypothesis that the probability of exceeding the limit twofold is equal at maximum 0.01 (respectively 1%) was tested against the alternative hypothesis that the probability of exceeding is greater than this value. On the basis of the statistical test results, it may be concluded that H

_{3}was not rejected by any of the tests on the selected 5% level of significance. Thus, the double values of the limits are exceeded only sporadically, particularly on the y axis. Of the total number of measurements (85,356 acceleration coefficient values), there was only one instance of exceeding the limit twofold in axis x, 30 instances in case of axis y, and at the z axis, the limit was exceeded in four cases.

## 5. Conclusions

_{1}). Even though only rides in one direction were evaluated, the individual rides were subject to divergences in traffic, temperature change (approximately by 6 °C) etc. The analysis of the two key hypotheses (H

_{2}and H

_{3}) was carried out per the individual rides, individual axes, and individual locations of the measuring devices.

_{2}), a statistically significant exceeding of the regulatory-stipulated values was shown, particularly in axes z and y, confirming previous results of experiments (for example [21,22]). Thus, the z axis measurement results are also essential for the cargo-securing system selection, as well as the overall approach to cargo securing. The acceleration coefficient values results of axis z show that the limit was exceeded only on three wheels. The accelerometer located in the Left-Rear showed a lesser number of exceeding instances in comparison with the other measuring devices. Upon investigation of the cause, it was found that the tire was in a different technical condition in comparison with others. Verifying whether this was the only cause, as well as the reason for a ‘positive’ divergence of shocks generated in one wheel, will be the subject of further research.

_{3}) was not rejected; the double limits were exceeded only sporadically. The highest occurrence of twofold limit exceeding was found on axis y, and this only in 30 cases from the total number of measurements, which may be considered statistically insignificant. Although a twofold exceeding of the regulatory-stipulated limit may be considered dangerous, in such a small amount, these risks are negligible, including the impact on the lifespan of the individual elements of the securing system, particularly on tying straps.

## Author Contributions

## Funding

## Institutional Review Board Statement

## Informed Consent Statement

## Data Availability Statement

## Conflicts of Interest

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**Figure 1.**Transport route of the experiment Hranice–Fulnek (Highway D1) [42]

**Figure 2.**Acceleration coefficient box plots for the individual rides for the Right-Front location (the red dashed line signifies the limit value).

**Figure 7.**Mixture densities in axis z, first ride (accelerometer location Left-Front and Left-Rear).

x | y | z | |
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max | 1.69 | 1.74 | 4.64 |

min | −1.30 | −1.82 | 1.41 |

Tests | Cases | Significant Cases | |
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Axis x-All | 32 | 1 | 0 |

Axis x-Right-Front | 8 | 1 | 0 |

Axis x-Right-Rear | 8 | 0 | 0 |

Axis x-Left-Front | 8 | 0 | 0 |

Axis x-Left-Rear | 8 | 0 | 0 |

Axis y-All | 32 | 20 | 18 |

Axis y-Right-Front | 8 | 8 | 7 |

Axis y-Right-Rear | 8 | 4 | 4 |

Axis y-Left-Front | 8 | 5 | 4 |

Axis y-Left-Rear | 8 | 3 | 3 |

Axis z-All | 32 | 24 | 24 |

Axis z-Right-Front | 8 | 8 | 8 |

Axis z-Right-Rear | 8 | 8 | 8 |

Axis z-Left-Front | 8 | 8 | 8 |

Axis z-Left-Rear | 8 | 0 | 0 |

**Table 3.**Descriptive characteristics of 80% of quantiles (mean—arithmetic mean, SD—standard deviation).

Mean of x_{0.80} | Sd | Mean of Empirical x_{0.80} | Sd | |
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Axis x-All | 0.62898 | 0.09664 | 0.62938 | 0.09788 |

Axis x-Right-Front | 0.74548 | 0.05544 | 0.74750 | 0.05701 |

Axis x-Right-Rear | 0.51386 | 0.00951 | 0.51375 | 0.01188 |

Axis x-Left-Front | 0.57569 | 0.01948 | 0.57375 | 0.01923 |

Axis x-Left-Rear | 0.74548 | 0.05544 | 0.74750 | 0.05701 |

Axis y-All | 0.61731 | 0.03378 | 0.61844 | 0.03264 |

Axis y-Right-Front | 0.66319 | 0.03231 | 0.66125 | 0.03091 |

Axis y-Right-Rear | 0.59898 | 0.01650 | 0.60125 | 0.01808 |

Axis y-Left-Front | 0.60605 | 0.01267 | 0.60750 | 0.01389 |

Axis y-Left-Rear | 0.66319 | 0.03231 | 0.66125 | 0.03091 |

Axis z-All | 2.21461 | 0.18686 | 2.21406 | 0.18557 |

Axis z-Right-Front | 2.29579 | 0.10898 | 2.29250 | 0.10951 |

Axis z-Right-Rear | 2.34138 | 0.03978 | 2.34000 | 0.04071 |

Axis z-Left-Front | 2.30595 | 0.04865 | 2.30625 | 0.04838 |

Axis z-Left-Rear | 1.91531 | 0.03153 | 1.91750 | 0.03370 |

**Table 4.**Expected values, standard deviations (Sd) and ratio of outliers of the estimated mixture of log-normal distributions.

Expected Value 1 | Sd 1 | Expected Value 2 | Sd 2 | Ratio of Outliers p_{2} | |
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Axis x-all | 0.56452 | 0.34560 | 0.89463 | 0.54579 | 0.01245 |

Axis x-Right-Front | 0.65251 | 0.40161 | 1.09803 | 0.66673 | 0.00873 |

Axis x-Right-Rear | 0.46645 | 0.28488 | 0.72740 | 0.44543 | 0.01463 |

Axis x-Left-Front | 0.52168 | 0.31864 | 0.82881 | 0.50847 | 0.01744 |

Axis x-Left-Rear | 0.61746 | 0.37727 | 0.92427 | 0.56254 | 0.00900 |

Axis y-all | 0.55355 | 0.33862 | 0.91089 | 0.55815 | 0.02078 |

Axis y-Right-Front | 0.58948 | 0.36125 | 0.95456 | 0.58122 | 0.01745 |

Axis y-Right-Rear | 0.54221 | 0.33119 | 0.89838 | 0.55322 | 0.01955 |

Axis y-Left-Front | 0.54190 | 0.33146 | 0.90178 | 0.55325 | 0.02855 |

Axis y-Left-Rear | 0.54062 | 0.33059 | 0.88886 | 0.54492 | 0.01757 |

Axis z-all | 2.08370 | 1.26715 | 2.64994 | 1.61213 | 0.01782 |

Axis z-Right-Front | 2.13525 | 1.30027 | 2.56050 | 1.55425 | 0.00647 |

Axis z-Right-Rear | 2.20397 | 1.33997 | 2.92629 | 1.78253 | 0.02334 |

Axis z-Left-Front | 2.19647 | 1.33440 | 2.66335 | 1.61614 | 0.01478 |

Axis z-Left-Rear | 1.79912 | 1.09395 | 2.44961 | 1.49559 | 0.02670 |

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