SAFER is today, together with 35 partners, entering into a new cooperation agreement which aims to research and disseminate knowledge about traffic safety through multidisciplinary collaboration. The agreement covers a time period of 5 years.

SAFER is a well-established research centre in the area of vehicle and traffic safety, based at Lindholmen in Gothenburg. The centre has conducted research since 2006 and together with the partners, over 350 collaborative projects have been finalised. The vision is that all road users should travel safely in the road transport system.
The centre’s overall guiding principle is the Swedish Vision Zero, and to help reduce the number of injured and fatalities in traffic through cross-functional research together with society, academia and industry.

Magnus Granström, SAFER's director, comments on the new collaboration agreement:
”That, after 13 years, SAFER enters its fifth stage together with 35 partners is a very good testimonial for our research activities and collaborative model. Together, we have created valuable knowledge and research results over the years. The interest of, and need for, qualified research on a sustainable and safe transport system is expected to increase even further in the next few years as sustainability is becoming increasingly important on both the corporate, general public and political agendas”.

Four Research areas
Research at SAFER spans a broad base, covering several disciplines and encompassing both safe mobility and vehicle safety. The project portfolio, which currently holds over 40 projects, covers the following areas:

1. Road user behavior creates understanding of human behavior in traffic and how we can get road users to act more safely.
2. Systems for accident prevention and automated driving work with principles to avoid collisions and to create safe automated vehicles.
3. Human body protection is about optimizing occupancy protection in the vehicle when the accident has happened.
4. Safety performance evaluation of real-world safety is a cross-functional group focusing on methods for data collection, analysis and evaluation of various safety systems.

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35 partners in collaboration
Chalmers University of Technology hosts the centre and there are 35 partners that are part of the research agreement. Most have been involved in earlier stages, but several new partners now entering the research platform; CEVT, BETA CAE, University of Skövde, NTF West and MediaMobile.
" It is the variety and complementariness that is our strength. The fact that we work across borders and with the actors that are necessary to create a safe transport system is the key. Nobody should be injured or die when transporting themselves between different places", says Magnus.

SAFER’s partners
CEVT (China Euro Vehicle Technology)
Chalmers University of Technology
City of Gothenburg
If Insurance
Institute of Transport Economics (TØI)
Jönköping University, School of Engineering
NEVS (National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB)
NTF West
RISE (Research Institutes of Sweden)
Smart Eye
Svanberg & Svanberg
Swedish transport administration
Swedish transport agency
University of Borås
University of Gothenburg
University of Halmstad
University of Skövde
Volvo Car Corporation
Volvo Group

Safer – Vehicle and Traffic Safety Centre

SAFER is the open research 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
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