This is SAFER

We research to save lives, prevent injuries and enable safe mobility. Together.

SAFER is on a bold journey towards zero accidents in traffic.

This will be achieved by open, collaborative research projects where traffic safety is key for the creation of safe, sustainable, connected and automated traffic systems.

SAFER's holistic traffic safety approach covers people, vehicles and the infrastructure. This also means SAFER is part of a bigger societal project: the design and realisation of smart, sustainable transport systems in the cities and beyond. SAFER's role is to be a thought leader in safe mobility, offering world-leading knowledge and project methodology. SAFER creates knowledge and value beyond what a single partner can achieve on its own.

SAFER is also the open innovation arena where partners from the society, the academy and the industry can meet and share research and knowledge within safe mobility – a multi-disciplinary research hub that enables progress for its partners and for the society.


  •  A competence centre where about 30 partners from the Swedish automotive industry, academia and authorities cooperate to create a centre of excellence within traffic safety research and safe mobility.
  •  Research is conducted within 5 areas: Systems for accident prevention, Road user behaviour, Human body protection, Care & Rescue and Performance evaluation.
  •  Access to SAFER's research infrastructure: AstaZero real-world proving ground, Revere research lab for active safety and autonomous driving, SAFER Naturalistic Driving Data Platform and the SAFER open innovation arena.
  •  Around 300 completed vehicle and traffic safety projects since the start of SAFER in 2006.
  •  Around 40 people full-time based at SAFER, and about 300 persons use the facilities temporarily.
  •  Meeting place with a 1,300 sqm working area including 70 workplaces, 15 small meeting rooms, conference facilities and project areas.
  •  Located at Lindholmen Science Park in Gothenburg, Sweden – an internationally acclaimed science park for new technology and communication with 350 companies and academic institutions.
  •  Hosted by Chalmers University of Technology.

Our vision: Towards zero accidents

SAFER provides excellent inter-disciplinary research, innovation and collaboration to secure close to zero accidents and injuries in traffic and enable Sweden
to hold global leadership in the new paradigm where traffic safety is a key factor for implementing a sustainable, connected automated traffic system.

Our mission: To enhance traffic safety

Create, transform and transfer knowledge
  • Run collaborative research projects with excellent academic publications and high relevance to society and industry.
  • Explore new research areas through pre-studies and participation in international networks.
Serve as an open innovation arena
  • Enhance innovation capability.
  • Provide the prerequisites for creative and productive research collaboration.
  • Inspire students, researchers and product developers to be devoted to traffic safety.
  • Disseminate results and knowledge to society.
Be a base for international collaborations
  • Be a well renowned and attractive international traffic safety research centre of excellence.

SAFER's four corner stones

A world leader in traffic safety

To realise our vision of becoming a world leader in traffic safety, our strategy is based on four interlinked corner stones that direct our actions:

Create identity and influence

SAFER stands for excellence in traffic safety research and creates value for all partners. Our identity is built and expressed in many ways. And by communicating what SAFER stands for and our results, we attract international stakeholders, collaboration projects and funding.

Act as a thought leader

As a thought leader, SAFER defines strategic research agendas based on needs and trends. This also drives our research and innovation agenda and develops road maps. The conclusions and needs of the SAFER community are made visible and known.

Create and share knowledge for innovation

Our basic task is to share knowledge and to create a strong academic base connected to world-class research environments. New knowledge and facts are made available and visualized. Networks are created and maintained to the benefit of all partners. Nurturing outstanding collaboration between industry, society and academy, SAFER acts as a catalyst for joint projects with the potential to influence the international research agenda within safe mobility.

Shared infrastructure

Our shared research infrastructures empower collaborative innovations. These include extensive databases of real world data, our full-scale automated driving laboratory Revere, our real-world active safety proving ground AstaZero and the creative research assets and work spaces available within SAFER's office environment.


Looking for a new position?

Here you find vacant positions within vehicle and traffic safety at the SAFER partners. For the moment there are no vacancies, but this page is continuously being updated so please come back later and check out the latest.


Education for knowledge that saves lives

Gathering and using skills and knowledge to prevent road accidents is a worthy cause. SAFER’s partners provide you, as a student or professional, with courses and seminars in vehicle and traffic safety. Find a suitable course based on your desired qualification from leading knowledge providers in the field of traffic safety research and education.


SAFER's global collaborations

The hub for traffic safety research, in Sweden and elsewhere

SAFER may be based in Sweden but has a truly global mindset. Our international commitment is wide, with vital partnerships with universities and traffic safety research communities all over the world. And by initiating and participating in global collaborative research structures, we strongly influence the political traffic safety agenda and contribute to the development of sustainable, safe mobility – in Sweden, and elsewhere.

Institutes and academy

Important partner in the area of child safety research. A large number of projects and activities have been carried out in cooperation during the years and the exchange and network is a great source for SAFER's researchers in this field. 


SAFER has a new collaborative research set up with SRI International – an independent, non-profit research centre that works with clients to take the most advanced R&D from the laboratory to the marketplace.


Nagoya and SAFER have a long time partnership, with shared research resources and exchange such as guest researchers.


The University of Iowa collaborates with different researchers at SAFER, from several departments, on different topics. The University of Iowa has also a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Chalmers on more enhanced collaboration on a general level.


Chalmers, SAFER's host university, has a strategic cooperation in place, e.g. on guest research programmes and research.


Collaborative organisations and research programmes

The key thrust of the Australia Driverless Vehicle Initiative is to build momentum by rapidly exploring the impacts and requirements of this new technology and accelerate the safe and successful introduction of driverless vehicles onto Australian roads. SAFER is an ADVI partner.


CTS with Swedish founding partners Chalmers, Volvo Cars, Volvo Group and Autoliv and Chinese partners Tongji University, RIOH Institute for Highway Safety and Tsinghua University in Beijing gathers joint on-going projects as well as other activities to enhance traffic safety in China. SAFER constitutes the Swedish research platform in this collaboration.

Drive Sweden is a Strategic Innovation Program launched by the Swedish government that gathers the best in the area of automated transport systems – from all sectors of society. SAFER is a member of Drive Sweden's program office as safety is an important perspective for a sustainable transport system.


EARPA brings together Europe's most prominent independent R&D providers in the automotive sector, ranging from large and small commercial organisations to national institutes and universities. SAFER is a member of EARPA's Task Force Safety with a focus on crash structures, restraint systems, human-machine interaction, ICT based safety systems, automated driving and test & evaluation methods for safety systems.


ERTRAC is the European joint technology platform which brings together road transport stakeholders to develop a common vision for road transport research in Europe. SAFER participates in ERTRAC's working group for Road Transport Safety & Security and supports ERTRAC to update the European Road Maps for road safety.


EUCAR is the European automotive industry’s research and innovation collaboration organization in Brussels and has over the years facilitated the creation of numerous European research projects, leading to a number of innovative features as well as technology breakthroughs. Safety has always been a key focus area for EUCAR and is today part of the strategic pillar “Safe and Integrated Mobiility”. The SAFER partners Volvo Group and Volvo Cars are both active in the EUCAR activities, also connecting strongly to the European Technology Platform ERTRAC where SAFER is involved.


The forum is a dialogue platform for authorities, organizations and companies in the field of transport. Within the forum, common strategies are developed and seminars and lectures are arranged. There is also a work with influence in Brussels ongoing. SAFER has access to this valuable network via Chalmers and other partners.


Led by the Swedish Traffic Administration, the Group for National Cooperation – Roads (GNS Väg) is an arena for the exchange of knowledge and coordination of activities within the area of road safety between important players with the aim of realising Sweden's Vision Zero. SAFER is a participant and is active in the GNS expert group on vulnerable road users.


HUMANIST is a federation of research organisations which together are a Virtual Centre of Excellence in 4 areas; HMI – Human Machine Interaction, Human behaviour in traffic, ITS – Intelligent Transport Systems and Vehicle automation. SAFER access HUMANIST via the partner VTI and is a valuable source of expertise for the research community, industry and policy makers. 


French research cluster working with research and development related to sustainable mobility. SAFER is currently working with MOV'EO in a number of high-profile projects and this research cluster is an important partner on the European arena. 


The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Northern Europe is an action-oriented network focusing on mobilizing Nordic scientific and technological expertise to solve problems and create a more sustainable society. The network links knowledge to action in order for society to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. As a member, SAFER aims to find further means of collaboration on research, solutions initiatives and policy work in support of traffic safety and sustainable development.


The Swedish WASP individual research program addresses research on autonomous systems acting in collaboration with humans, adapting to their environment through sensors, information and knowledge, and forming intelligent systems-of-systems. WASP involves researchers connected to SAFER.


WASP:s research arena Collaborative and Autonomous Transport aims at providing leading edge research facilities for highly automated driving and C-ITS (Collaborative Intelligent Transport Systems), with certain emphasis on city traffic. To ensure synergies, WARA has established contacts with SAFER's research lab Revere.


The SAFER organisation

Traffic safety research organised around partnership

SAFER is nothing without our partners. Today, there are 30 partners representing stakeholders within the automotive industry, the academia and the authorities. Of these partners, 8 are represented in SAFER's executive board.

The SAFER partners

  • Autoliv Development
  • Chalmers University of Technology
  • City of Gothenburg
  • Combitech
  • Cycleurope
  • Folksam
  • Halmstad University
  • If Insurance
  • Institute of Transport Economics (TØI)
  • KTH Royal Institute of Technology
  • Lindholmen Science Park AB
  • RISE (including former partners Acreo Swedish ICT, AstaZero, Viktoria Swedish ICT, Swerea IVF, SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, Swerea Sicomp AB)
  • Scandinavian Automotive Suppliers (FKG)
  • Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI)
  • Swedish Transport Administration
  • Swedish Transport Agency
  • University of Gothenburg
  • Volvo Car Corporation
  • Volvo Group

Members (associated partners)

  • Malmeken AB
  • Mälardalen University
  • Trivector
  • Uniti
  • University of Borås
  • University of Skövde
  • University of Umeå
  • V-Traffic
  • Zenuity
  • ÅF

The SAFER Board

The board consists of SAFER's large partners and one independent chairperson.

  • Autoliv: Cecilia Sunnevång
  • Chalmers: Sinisa Krajnovic and Johan Karlsson (that also represents University of Gothenburg)
  • RISE: Jan Jacobson
  • Swedish Transport Administration: Maria Krafft
  • Volvo Car Corporation: Malin Ekholm
  • Volvo Group: Magnus Rilbe
  • VTI: Jonas Jansson
  • Independent chairperson: Karin Svensson
  • Hans Fogelberg (Region Västra Götaland) and Eric Wallgren (Vinnova) join the board as observers

The SAFER Management Group

SAFER's daily operation and strategic development is led by a Management group with a director and 12 members representing SAFER's research areas, SAFER's infrastructure, SAFER's bridging functions and various operative functions.

  • Magnus Granström, Director
  • Bengt Arne Sjöqvist, Research area director
  • Christian Grante, Research area director
  • Fredrik Von Corswant, Infrastructure leader Revere
  • Helena Gellerman, Infrastructure leader Naturalistic driving data
  • Ines Heinig, Project coordinator
  • Kristina Lindblom, Controller
  • Lotta Jakobsson, Research area director
  • Malin Persson, Communications and partnerships
  • Mats Svensson, Chalmers profile director traffic safety
  • Tania Dukic Willstrand, Research area director
  • Torbjörn Andersson, Research area director
  • Matteo Rizzo, Vision Zero Academy

The SAFER research areas

SAFER's research is conducted in five areas. Each research area is governed by a reference group led by a Research area director. The reference groups include one representative from each SAFER partner and representatives from SAFER's competence areas. All projects are initiated by the reference group and recommended to SAFER's Management group and Board.

Christian Grante

Christian Grante

christian.grante [at] volvo.com
+46 (0)31 322 21 94
Tania Dukic Willstrand

Tania Dukic Willstrand

tania.willstrand [at] vti.se
+46 (0)31-7502606
Lotta Jakobsson

Lotta Jakobsson

lotta.jakobsson [at] volvocars.com
+46 (0)31 59 18 14
Bengt Arne Sjöqvist

Bengt Arne Sjöqvist

bengt.arne.sjoqvist [at] chalmers.se
+46 (0)31 772 18 00

Torbjörn Andersson

torbjorn.andersson [at] autoliv.se
+46 (0)322-626328

Safer – Vehicle and Traffic Safety Centre

SAFER is the open innovation arena where researchers and expertise work together to create safe mobility. Our traffic safety approach covers people, vehicles and the infrastructure – and together we contribute to safer road transports and smarter, more sustainable cities.

Contact information


Lindholmspiren 3
SE-417 56 Göteborg

 +46 31-772 21 06
 safer [at] chalmers.se