1971 M.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, Delft University of Technology
1971 TNO Institute for Road Vehicle Research
1972-1984 Human Factors engineer TNO Institute for Perception
1984 Ph.D., Delft University of Technology
1984-1992 Head Traffic Behaviour Research Group
1992-1996 Head Department of Skilled Behaviour
1992-1998 Parttime Professor in traffic safety at University of Groningen
1996-2005 Deputy director TNO Human Factors Research Institute
2005-2009 Chief Scientist TNO Defense, Safety and Security, BU Human Factors
2009-2011 Senior advisor TNO Traffic Research, (part-time 20%)
As of 2010 Partner Road safety for all
As of 2012 Member Organizing Committee of Delft Road Safety Courses

Research areas                                  

Driver control strategy, driver support systems, self-explaining roads, traffic safety, safety and security analysis in transport, road safety in low and middle income countries

Research and work experience

Hans Godthelp started his career as a researcher at the TNO Traffic Behaviour Research Department. In this position he developed the Self Explaining Road concept, which serves as an important element of the Dutch Sustainable safety and international Safe Systems approach. His PhD. work resulted in the Time-to-Line-Crossing method, which quantifies the visual attention needed when controlling a vehicle. In 1984 he became head of the Traffic Behaviour Research Department, which combines technical, social and psychological expertise.

As from 1992 he also served as a Professor in traffic safety at the University of Groningen. He was one of the initiators of the EU-GIDS project, which developed an early vision on the potential role of intelligent transport and driver support systems in road traffic.

In a cooperative program with the Dutch Department of Defence and the German Army he designed test procedures for the evaluation of military vehicles.

As Deputy-director and Chief scientist of the TNO Human Factors Research Institute his managerial focus was on the human systems approach, i.e. integrating human engineering knowledge in research and development programmes, both in industry and in cooperation with governmental departments and universities.

In the period 2000 – 2009 he served as member and chairman of the Board of Scientific Advisors of the SWOV Road Safety Research Institute,

Since retirement in 2010, he works as Partner at Road safety for all with a focus on the development of road safety knowledge for low and middle income countries.

After initiating the first Delft Road Safety Course in 2011: member of the Steering Group of Delft Road Safety Courses.

Since 2020: Co-chair of the PIARC Working Group 3.1.1 Specific Road Safety Issues for low and middle income countries.

Former (inter) national positions

Former member of the EC Task Force on the design of a Code of Practice for in-vehicle information systems.
Former auditor of framework programs European Commission
Former member and chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board SWOV Road Safety Research Institute.