This is SAFER

We bring people together to create research and knowledge that save lives, prevent injuries and enable safe mobility for people and goods

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 research 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 34 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 and automated driving, Road user behaviour, Human body protection, Care & Rescue and Safety performance evaluation.
  •  Access - through projects - 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 research arena.
  •  Over 400 completed vehicle and traffic safety projects since the start of SAFER in 2006.
  •  Around 350 active researchers.
  •  Meeting place with a 300 sqm working area including workplaces, 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

“All road users travel safely in the road transport 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. 


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 including e.g. research activities, staff exchange, exchange of undergraduate and/or graduate students, exchange of academic material and participation in seminars.


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 and New Zeeland roads. SAFER is a supporting ADVI partner.


The Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine (AAAM) is a global multi-disciplinary professional organization dedicated to saving lives and eliminating road traffic injuries through scientific research, authoritative educational programs, public policy recommendations, and the Abbreviated Injury Scale (AIS) coding, training and certification. SAFER’s host Chalmers is member of AAAM and this is an important knowledge base for the research area Care & Rescue.


CLEPA is the automotive suppliers’ organization in Europe and has, among other groups, a Research and Innovation Working Group in which potential areas for collaborative research is identified, together suitable actions to influence upcoming research programmes. Safety has bneen identified as one of the key areas for CLEPA activities.


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 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 Roadmap for road safety research. Being present in ERTRAC opens up possibilities to participating in setting the European road safety research agenda.


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. The overall purpose is to develop national strategies to improve road safety in Sweden.  


HUMANIST is an International research network on human factors in transport driven as a European association. The research is organised within 4 areas; HMI – Human Machine Interaction, Human behaviour in traffic, ITS – Intelligent Transport Systems and Vehicle automation. SAFER’s access HUMANIST via the partner VTI and is a valuable source of expertise for the research community, industry and policy makers. It is also a great network to activate to reach out to European consortium and projects. HUMANIST organize a research conference every and a summer school which are great platforms for SAFER research projects and PhD students in particular to spread our results and a great opportunity for networking.


Japan Automobile Research Institute (JARI) is a general incorporated foundation dedicated to automotive testing and research activities. This is a neutral research institute focusing on research and testing activities pertaining to the “connectivity between vehicles and society”. This is an area which industry, government and academia are unable to address individually. SAFER Partners have through the years collaborated with JARI regarding experimental biomechanics and related research, accident research, development of methods for technical evaluation and naturalistic driving studies.


French research cluster working with research and development related to sustainable mobility. SAFER has been working with MOV'EO in high-profile projects and this research cluster is an important partner on the European arena. Also, the partners within MOV’EO are important for the SAFER network.


Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) is an independent, not-for-profit research institute based in Sydney, Australia. Several SAFER partners collaborate with researchers at the Injury Prevention Research Centre at NeuRA, specifically on children’s safety in cars and long-term disability from injuries attributable to road traffic crashes. NeuRA is affiliated with UNSW (University of New South Wales), which is ranked in the global top 100 universities.


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

  • Aptiv
  • AstaZero
  • Autoliv Development
  • CEVT
  • Chalmers University of Technology
  • Combitech
  • Folksam
  • Halmstad University
  • If Insurance
  • Institute of Transport Economics (TØI)
  • NEVS (National Electric Vehicle Sweden)
  • RISE (including former partners Acreo Swedish ICT, AstaZero, Viktoria Swedish ICT, Swerea IVF, SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, Swerea Sicomp AB)
  • Scania
  • Smart Eye
  • Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI)
  • Swedish Transport Administration
  • University of Gothenburg
  • University of Jönköping
  • University of Skövde
  • Veoneer
  • Volvo Car Corporation
  • Volvo Group
  • Zenuity

Members (associated partners)

  • 4S
  • Asymptotic
  • City of Gothenburg
  • Cycleurope
  • HiMinds
  • Malmeken AB
  • Nationalföreningen för trafiksäkerhetens främjande (NTF Väst)
  • Svanberg & Svanberg AB
  • Swedish Transport Agency
  • Trivector
  • University of Borås

The SAFER Board

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

  • Autoliv: Cecilia Sunnevång
  • Chalmers: Sinisa Krajnovic and Angela Hillemyr
  • RISE: Stefan Nord
  • Swedish Transport Administration: Maria Krafft
  • Volvo Car Corporation: Malin Ekholm
  • Volvo Group: Peter Kronberg
  • 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 team with a director and 10 members representing SAFER's research areas, SAFER's infrastructure, SAFER's bridging functions and various operative functions.

  • Magnus Granström, Director
  • Fredrik Sandblom, Research area director
  • Fredrik Von Corswant, Infrastructure leader Revere
  • John-Fredrik Grönvall, Infrastructure leader Naturalistic driving data
  • Ines Heinig, Project coordinator
  • Sofa Fagrell, Controller
  • Jolyon Carroll, Research area director
  • Malin Levin, Deputy director
  • Rob Thomson, Chalmers profile director traffic safety
  • Azra Habibovic, Research area director
  • Mats Petersson, Research area director
  • Simon Sternlund, Vision Zero Academy
  • Ingrid Skogsmo, Senior research advisor
  • Monica Ringvik, Infrastructure leader AstaZero

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.

Fredrik Sandblom

fredrik.sandblom [at] volvo.com

Azra Habibovic

azra.habibovic [at] ri.se

Jolyon Carroll

jolyon.carroll [at] autoliv.com
Magnus Granström

Magnus Granström

magnus.granstrom [at] chalmers.se
+46-734 – 060424

Mats Petersson

mats.r.petersson [at] volvocars.com

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 3A
SE-417 56 Göteborg

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