Sweden was the first country to express a Vision Zero (no fatalities or severe injuries in traffic accidents), thus making safety a systemic issue. Traffic safety research includes efforts to better understand real traffic environments, countermeasures to avoid accidents and prevent injuries, and actions to mitigate their consequences.
Increasing worldwide efforts to develop connected and self-driving vehicles pose new challenges. The emerging technologies bring high hopes for a new paradigm in traffic safety with expectations on a dramatic decrease of accidents. Traffic safety is also a boundary condition for the automated transport system.
The profile area Traffic Safety targets high achievements in research, innovation and education within three areas:
- Field data collection and analysis
aims at developing a holistic understanding of occurrence and effects of incidents and accidents; including the assessment of risk and benefit in automated systems compared to the safety levels of human drivers.
- Accident avoidance and automation
aims at developing new technologies and safety systems as well as
developing better understanding of human factors, human behaviour and
- Injury prevention
developing increased crashworthiness, advanced adaptive vehicle
structures and protective systems. All collision types and all
categories of road users are included.
Related research centres
- Vehicle and traffic safety centre at Chalmers