BORDERLESS TRAFFIC SAFETY RESEARCH
Dedicated to save lives, prevent injuries and enable safe mobility
Traffic safety is as important as ever. Every year around 1.3 million people are killed in traffic accidents and 20–50 million injured. And SAFER is dedicated to reduce these numbers. Traffic safety is also essential in the creation of liveable, smart cities and sustainable, automated transport systems. This requires more in-depth knowledge about what really causes accidents and how to avoid them, together with excellent, collaborative research in the area of safe mobility.
SAFER is hosted by Chalmers University of Technology and is Sweden's traffic safety research hub. By applying a unique interdisciplinary approach we deliver knowledge and research that enable people and goods to be transported safely and sustainably.
SAFER's research is conducted within four areas: Systems for accident prevention and automated driving, Road user behaviour, Human body protection and Safety performance evaluation.
THE SAFER RESEARCH AREAS
Collaborative traffic safety research for zero fatalities
Our five research areas represent world-class, multi-disciplinary research – all with the single-minded vision to save lives, prevent injuries and enable safe mobility. They are also the open research arena where our partners meet and identify key issues to initiate new research based on real-world needs.
SYSTEMS FOR ACCIDENT PREVENTION AND AD
SYSTEMS FOR ACCIDENT PREVENTION AND AD
How can active systems and automation predict and prevent collisions? This research area covers the development of automated functions that help the driver to avoid hazardous situationsread more
ROAD USER BEHAVIOUR
ROAD USER BEHAVIOUR
How do people behave in traffic and how can we support them to act safer? Taking a deep approach in human behaviour, this research area is about develop scientific methods and tools to create prerequisites for safe driving.read more
HUMAN BODY PROTECTION
HUMAN BODY PROTECTION
How do we best protect people in a crash? SAFER continuously develops this research area with the aim to understand and develop principles for countermeasures to prevent injuries in accidents.read more
SAFETY PERFORMANCE EVALUATION
SAFETY PERFORMANCE EVALUATION
How do we develop the best methods for predicting and assessing real-world vehicle and traffic safety? In this research area, our main priority is to provide trust in new safety systems to enable market introduction.read more
What actions after a traffic accident are the most efficient in reducing mortality and injury severity? This research area addresses challenges for all road users related to what happens after a traffic accident is a fact. Covering a cross-disciplinary research approach, Care & Rescue focuses on improved incident detection and assessment, improved on-scene care and rescue and reducing secondary long-term effects of traffic accidents.More about Post-crash
THE SAFER COMPETENCE NETWORKS
Cutting edge traffic safety knowledge without limits
Real-world traffic safety research that makes a difference
SAFER conducts world-class traffic safety research in a multi-disciplinary, collaborative approach. Since our start in 2006, we have completed more than 450 traffic safety research projects with the aim of saving lives, preventing injuries and contributing to sustainable, safe mobility. This extensive knowledge is made available for all our partners and the traffic safety research community. Read more about our projects here.
THE SAFER CONNECTED RESEARCH RESOURCES
As a SAFER partner you get access to SAFER’s open research arena and, through relevant projects, research resources available within the network. Also, expertise to use these research resources is available within the community. The overall idea - and one of our strategic cornerstones - is that research should be easier, better and more efficient through collaborative partnerships. This unique set of platforms includes full-scale road traffic safety test environments, simulators and a research lab for active safety and autonomous driving. SAFER also provides physical work areas as well as a world-class naturalistic driving data platform. Together, these resources allow borderless research with outstanding opportunities of real-world testing and validation.
ASTAZERO REAL-WORLD PROVING GROUND
AstaZero (Active Safety Test Area Zero) is one of the most advance full-scale test environments in the world for a safe, sustainable and connected automated road traffic future. Different traffic environments make it possible to test advanced safety systems and their functions for all kinds of traffic and traffic situations – in city environments as well as on rural, multi-lane and high-speed roads. This enables a broad range of research, development and validation. AstaZero also serves as an international testing area open for stakeholders within industry, society and academia.Read more at www.astazero.com
REVERE RESEARCH LAB FOR ACTIVE SAFETY AND AUTONOMOUS DRIVING
Revere (Resource for Vehicle Research) is a research facility with a focus on autonomous driving, active safety and vehicle dynamics. It contains a research lab with resources such as technical equipment, test vehicles (light and heavy) and supporting personnel. Located at Lindholmen Science Park in Gothenburg, Revere is created to provide a platform where industry stakeholders and the academia collaborate to enable cutting edge research and break-through innovations.Read more at www.chalmers.se
THE SAFER NATURALISTIC DRIVING DATA PLATFORM
The SAFER Naturalistic Driving Data platform is a secure, world-class platform for handling data from naturalistic driving data collection. Providing state-of-the-art data management, several large datasets and a leading research competence regarding naturalistic driving data, this platform gives unique access to naturalistic data derived from 7,5 million driving kilometres. The SAFER partner researchers also have access to the in-depth crash database INTACT and IGLAD (Initative for the global harmonization of accident data).Do you want to know more, please contact John-Fredrik Grönvall
THE SAFER DATA CATALOGUE
Knowledge of different datasets available in SAFER's network is important for efficient work within projects, providing new perspectives on past and present research, and being able to create completely new projects through data-driven research. To facilitate access to quality assured data, the SAFER Data Catalogue, where relevant datasets within the network are described, are available for the SAFER partners. The datasets cover different types of data, from field operational tests with a vehicle or location-based focus, real-time data described in the Swedish National Access Point (NAP), and accident databases.Webforum
Sim IV at the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute has an advanced motion platform system and permits significant linear movement along both x and y axes. It is useful when simultaneous longitudinal and lateral acceleration is important or if a wide field of vision is prioritised. Cabs and passenger compartments can be exchanged quickly. The simulator's imaging system has a camera-based calibration system, making it easy to switch between different driver positions.Read more at www.vti.se
SAFER OPEN RESEARCH ARENA AT LINDHOLMEN SCIENCE PARK
All SAFER partners have access to our facilities at Lindholmen Science Park in Gothenburg. The SAFER office is a meeting place with 290 sqm working area including about 15 workplaces as well as meeting rooms, analysis rooms for confidential naturalistic driving data, conference facilities and networking areas. As an open research arena, we enable our partners to join collaborative research across the disciplines in a way that make them more competitive and able to contribute to a safer traffic environment. SAFER is also connected to other open innovation activities such as DriveSweden, CLOSER, Prehospital ICT arena and AstaZero.Read more at www.lindholmen.se
WORLD LEADING HUMAN BODY MODEL FUNCTIONALITY
Within human body modelling (HBM), SAFER provides a competence platform for our partners as well as a natural contact point for external cooperation. SAFER’s HBM vision encompasses a scalable, tuneable, human body model with omni-direc¬tional injury prediction capabilities, suitable for use in high-g and low-g events and as any road user, occupant or vulnerable group. This means a virtual human substitute that can be used for predicting injury outcome in any impact situation and direction of loading, able to be morphed to replicate a large proportion of the population, standing or sitting, with humanlike kinematics in crash events as well as pre-crash manoeuvres. The SAFER HBM research combines several projects, all developing the existing model towards the overall goal of performance. The research is moving towards an open-source model, to enable wider use of the tool.
TEST TRACK AT STORA HOLM
SAFER's partner the road safety organisation NTF Väst offers our researchers to use a very closely located traffic training site. Stora Holm offers various test tracks and skid pad for tests and events. Here you can drive on different surfaces such as gravel, asphalt, slippery surface and in hilly terrain. The facility's off-road course is located in a naturally area at the facility. There are also possibilities to practice driving in transverse upward and downward slopes as well as in a water-filled ditch. The facility has safety hall equipped with crash scales, a collition chair and more.Read more at storaholm.se
Our funding opportunities for partners
SAFER offers its researchers access to various research programs with funding opportunities.
SAFER Pre-study programme
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 multidisciplinary platform. 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. Welcome with your application!SAFER Pre-study programme (access for SAFER partners only)
Open Research at AstaZero
This program funded curiosity projects at AstaZero by providing free access to the world’s first full-scale test environment for future road safety. The programme, that was open 2016-2021, funded projects to help to stimulate and facilitate open, independent and world-leading research. The program aimed to generate openly available results and data and an inspiring network between researchers. Researchers from universities or research institutions as well as small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) could apply for test track time, workshop use, support (e.g. testing engineers, or drivers), and use of equipment.Read more about open research at AstaZero
THE ROAD TO SUCCESS
Traffic safety research by SAFER
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