Research

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 five areas: Systems for accident prevention, Road user behaviour, Human body protection, Care & Rescue and Performance evaluation.

The SAFER research areas

Collaborative traffic safety research for zero accidents

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 innovation arena where our partners meet and identify key issues to initiate new research based on real-world needs.

Systems for accident prevention

Systems for accident prevention

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 situations.

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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.

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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.

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Care and rescue

Care and rescue

What actions after a traffic accident are the most efficient in reducing mortality and injury severity? This research area addresses the challenges for all road users related to what happens after a traffic accident is a fact.

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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.

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The SAFER competence areas

Cutting edge traffic safety knowledge without limits

It takes more than one single competence to solve the complex challenges related to traffic safety. Within SAFER, there are 12 different competence areas containing a plethora of knowledge and know-how. Thes competence areas are also key for the vital, cross-disciplinary research conducted at SAFER. The academia is at the core for each competence area, with important contributions from all SAFER partner researchers.

Vehicle Dynamics

Bengt Jacobson

Vehicle Dynamics

Vehicle dynamics is creating a collaborative arena connecting vehicle dynamics research carried out in academia/institutes and the corresponding advanced engineering activities in the automotive industry.

Functional Safety

Jan Jacobson

Functional Safety

Functional safety is the absence of unreasonable risk due to hazards caused by mal­functioning behaviour of electrical or electronic systems.  The challenges are high for the systems used in active safety and automated driving. Also security issues will influence the functional safety of connected road vehicles.

Sensors & Communication

Erik Ström

Sensors & Communication

Sensors and communication enable technologies for a plethora of safety systems. The scope of this group is to create and share research ideas around vehicular communications, sensors systems, and signal processing.

Structures & Materials

Martin Fagerström

Structures & Materials

The purpose of this competence area is to gather researchers concerned with vehicle architectures and lightweight materials suitable for future efficient vehicles with new powertrains.

Human Factors Design

Marianne Karlsson

Human Factors Design

Human factors design is about the interplay between humans and technical systems in different contexts; how technical systems should be designed to achieve efficient and safe interaction with the users.

Road Infrastructure

Nicole Kringos

Road Infrastructure

Road infrastructure covers the competences needed for the design of roads and road way structures including infrastructure for communication.

Behavior in Accident Causation

Trent Victor

Behavior in Accident Causation

By applying an interdisciplinary approach, the scope of this competence area is to quantify the role that human behaviour plays in causing accidents and derive safety priorities from this knowledge. 

Human Monitoring

Bengt Arne Sjöqvist

Bengt Arne Sjöqvist

Human Monitoring

Human monitoring focuses on methods to measure, record and analyse human vital signs and physiological information in all areas such as Care and Rescue situations and field or simulator studies on human behaviour.

Driving Simulator Applications

Lena Nilsson

Driving Simulator Applications

Driving simulator applications concern the use and development of these research tools. Simulators offer several benefits, such as the possibility to study concepts and prototypes in the early phases of development and risk free testing of systems for accident prevention.

Traffic Systems

Cristofer Englund

Traffic Systems

Traffic systems comprise the research competences in accident avoidance by acting on the system level above the vehicles, including system and service design within cooperative ITS.

Biomechanics & Protective Systems

Mats Svensson

Biomechanics & Protective Systems

This competence area spans the entire injury prevention field including fundamental biomechanics of for instance brain, neck and thorax, as well as human body modelling, child safety and unprotected road users' safety.

Field Data

Vacant

Field Data

Field data includes the competences involved in the whole chain from collection of data, analyses (case analyses and aggregated), data storage and management to effect analyses.

The SAFER projects

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 280 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.

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The SAFER research infrastructure

Strong assets for real-world traffic safety research

All our partners have access to SAFER's open innovation arena and research infrastructure. This unique infrastructure includes full-scale road traffic safety test environments 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 the world's first full-scale test environment 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 the industry, the society and the academia. SAFER is responsible for the coordination of calls for open, academic research.

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.

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 5 million driving kilometres. The SAFER partner researchers also have access to the in-depth crash database INTACT.

SAFER open innovation arena

All SAFER partners have access to our facilities at Lindholmen Science Park in Gothenburg.  The SAFER office is a meeting place with a 1,300 sqm working area including 70 workplaces, 15 small meeting rooms, conference facilities and project areas. 
As an open innovation 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 Security Arena, Prehospital ICT arena and Test Site Sweden (TSS).

The road to success

Traffic safety research by SAFER

The SAFER collaborative, multi-disciplinary research approach is well proven and highly recognised in the world of vehicle and traffic safety research. Many of our projects have resulted in cutting edge safety technologies and knowledge that have impacted our partners as well as the society, locally as well as globally. And most of all – they have contributed to safer traffic environments and helped save lives and prevent injuries.

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

SAFER

Lindholmspiren 3
SE-417 56 Göteborg
Sweden

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