Three new SAFER pre-studies approved to support the common research agenda

Nov, 07 2022

SAFER's pre-study program continues to generate good ideas and inspiring studies. Since the program began in April 2019, no less than 41 ideas have been submitted, and 25 projects have been granted. In the last call for 2022, three new projects got funding. 
“All in all, we had eight submitted ideas this time and the projects are diversified, covering several research areas and objectives in our research plan”, says Ines Heinig, SAFER’s project manager for the program.

Driver interaction with Safety Scales and Scoring Systems based on different use case scenarios (DISC)
This pre-study project will create a basis for traffic safety information to be used in interaction with drivers in different use case traffic situations. The central question is the potential role that safety information (safety score) can have in interaction with car drivers. Safety information will include data from external and driver data to be trustfully relevant for human drivers and autonomous vehicles. The project will create a scientific survey of the basis for traffic safety information and scores and possible different reactions from different drivers based on gender and possibly age and culture. The pre-study project will use workshops to develop the basis for use case simulations from obtained real data where the simulations can then be tested in a driving simulation environment. University of Skövde, Autoliv, Smart Eye and Viscando will collaborate in this project and the research group’s objective is to create a scientific basis for a larger project application in FFI-Vinnova in March 2023.

Safe Micromobility
The main purpose of this project is to prepare for a larger project that will leverage the collection of naturistic data across Sweden and Europe to disseminate research results on micromobility. The planned approach and activities are:

  1. Build and pilot a novel instrumented bicycle for collection of naturalistic data, 
  2. data analysis, 
  3. create a presentation of micromobility research results that clear advise multiple stakeholders, 
  4. new project applications.

The partners in this study are Chalmers together with Autoliv, Folksam, The Swedish transport administration, City of Gothenburg and NTF.

DARTER: Digital twins for Accessible Real Testing grounds for automotive Engineers and Researchers 
The objective of this project is to lay a common ground for a subsequent project, aimed at realizing and evaluating a solution that closes the whiteboard-to-vehicle gap for academic settings. Besides the literature study, field work will help answering questions about: 

  1. difficulties for automotive researchers to conduct prototype evaluations and controlled experiments in virtual and real proving grounds, 
  2. Digital Twins to make test environments more accessible, and
  3. related successful business cases.

To attract industrial partners to a later project, a demonstration of the technologies will be prepared. A subsequent project would focus on cloud-based Digital Twins of proving grounds, with a focus on headless scalability for systematic edge case identification and testing.
SAFER’s partners Gothenburg University and AstaZero will collaborate with Computer Vision Center in this project.

Next call will close in February
Do you have a traffic safety research idea that you would like to develop together with SAFER partners? We have an opportunity!

Funding will proactively stimulate project generation with several SAFER partners involved to maximize the benefits of our multi-disciplinary platform and obtain a broad commitment, both between partners and within research areas. The funding is for getting started with strategic knowledge creation that can be leveraged e.g., by using the unique, new competence as a basis for national funding or an entry ticket to prestigious international collaborations. We also welcome proposals that are of a different nature, for instance for finalization of publications from a completed project or investigation of a new area. 

Simply put, projects that lead SAFER forward and contribute to the continued development of our collaboration platform. The next call will close February 26, 2023. There will also be a call in May and November 2023.