Sweden was the first country in the world to express a Vision Zero for fatalities or severe injuries in traffic accidents. 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
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
Research in this area contributes to the development of new technologies and safety systems as well as developing better understanding of human factors, human behaviour and driver models.
- Injury prevention
Work in this field aims at developing increased crashworthiness, advanced adaptive vehicle structures and protective systems. All collision types and all categories of road users are included.
Related research centre:
- Vehicle and traffic safety centre at Chalmers