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Collaborative traffic safety research for zero accidents
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.Read More
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
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
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.Read More
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
Cutting edge traffic safety knowledge without limits
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 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 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.
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 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 covers the competences needed for the design of roads and road way structures including infrastructure for communication.
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 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 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 comprise the research competences in accident avoidance by acting on the system level above the vehicles, including system and service design within cooperative ITS.
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 includes the competences involved in the whole chain from collection of data, analyses (case analyses and aggregated), data storage and management to effect analyses.
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 300 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.
Strong assets for real-world traffic safety research
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 (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.
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.
Sim IV at theSwedish 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.
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 Drive Sweden, CLOSER, Security Arena, Prehospital ICT arena and Test Site Sweden (TSS).
Traffic safety research by SAFER