SHAPE-IT – a new associated project to enable rapid and reliable development of safe and user-centred automated vehicles for urban environments

Feb, 21 2023

Vehicle automation has been identified as a game-changer in transport, promising substantial reductions in road-traffic fatalities while improving mobility. However, the processes of integrating automation in transports have been primarily technology-focused, with insufficient consideration given to how users both inside and outside of the automated vehicle will interact with and react to automated vehicles.

SHAPE-IT is a four-year project where 15 PhD-students are performing research that enables rapid and reliable development of safe and user-centred automated vehicles for urban environments. The SHAPE-IT PhD-students are working hard to pursue the aim of the project across several disciplines, including cognitive and behavioural psychology, human factors, computer science, and requirement engineering.

SHAPE-IT, short for Supporting the interaction of Humans and Automated vehicles: Preparing for the Environment of Tomorrow, is an Innovative Training Network (ITN) project that has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement 860410.

The project started in 2019 and will be concluded in March 2024. 2024-03-30. The total budget is €4.1M. The project is coordinated by Jonas Bärgman, Vehicle Safety division at Chalmers University of Technology. The project cuts across multiple disciplines within the SAFER domain, from road-user behavior, via system design (requirement engineering and system performance), to safety assessment.  

List of partners                                                       
Universities (PhD student hosts): Chalmers University of Technology, University of Gothenburg, TU Delft, TU Munich, University of Leeds, and University of Ulm
Associated partners: SWOV, VEONEER, BOSCH, TME, VCC, VW, Zenseact, TÖI, Asymptotic, Viscando, Motional

For details, see and you can also follow the project on Twitter: @EuShape