FAST-zero conference report: Towards zero traffic accidents

​Self-driving cars have the potential to improve traffic safety and efficiency, and autonomous driving was one of the big topics during the successful FAST-zero conference at Chalmers in September.

​The third Future Active Safety Technology Towards zero traffic accidents conference was held in Gothenburg on 9-11th of September, organized by Chalmers University of Technology and SAFER Vehicle and Traffic Safety Centre. 190 delegates from 13 countries participated in 107 talks, technical visits and social events. A third of the participants came from industry, both local and international.


Automated cars is an element of the future road transport system. Professor Anders Lie from the Swedish Transport Administration, gave a keynote on the safety development of the modern road transport system.


The conference offered several visits and technical demonstrations. Emergencies functionality was demonstrated by Autoliv and IAV at the test site AstaZero. AstaZero is a brand new proving ground for active safety testing with unique environments for road safety research. And test rides with autonomous driving vehicles were offered by IAV on the free-way in the city. At the technical visits VTI showed their driving simulator and Volvo Cars and Volvo Trucks demonstrated safety related functionality on their new vehicles.

 


When visiting The Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI) the participants got to see the simulator in action, and a couple of members of the group had the opportunity to drive in the simulator and experience the advanced motion system from the driver’s seat.


At the visit to Volvo Cars, the participants were given an overview of current technical advancements in collision avoidance, driver support, as well as the content of the Drive Me cars. Some of the future research questions and the capability of a car as collector of experimental data were discussed.

The technical program consisted of 107 talks, where the most common topics were: Driver Behaviour Modelling, Vehicle Dynamics Control and autonomous driving, Active Safety Testing Methods and Tools. There were four keynote talks, one from academia focusing on driver aspects, one governmental on traffic aspects of autonomous driving, and two industrial talks from IAV and Volvo Cars covering their respective goals and challenges concerning autonomous driving.


Road Users and Human Machine Interaction, was the title of keynote speaker Dr. Cristina Olaverri Monreal from the Austrian Institute of Technology.
"With the number of in-vehicle information systems and the complexity of their tasks growing at a very high rate in near future, we need a clear understanding of their related distraction or mental workload and its impact on driver performance as these systems do not always comply with the intended driver safety enhancement.”


The dinner banquet took place under the sea-level, next to sharks and other big fishes at the museum Universeum.

 

FAST-zero General Chairs conclude:

”It has been amazing to see all research efforts, with different approaches, focusing on the goal of vision zero. We are clearly on the way there!”, says Jonas Sjöberg from Chalmers University of Technology.

"We are proud to have gathered this community of world-leading researchers , and the conference reaffirms the importance of international research collaborations to achieve our common goal of zero traffic accidents", says Anna Nilsson-Ehle, Director of SAFER.

 

FACTS: 3rd FASTzero conference 2015
After two successful events in Japan, FAST-zero’11 in Tokyo, and FAST-zero’13 in Nagoya, the symposium was held outside Japan for the first time. The third FAST-zero'15 was held in Gothenburg on 9-11th of September,organized by Chalmers University of Technology and SAFER Vehicle and Traffic Safety Centre.

Chalmers is a natural choice for a FAST-zero symposium since SAFER has a strong collaboration with the Japanese Universities that initiated the FAST-zero conference, and the Swedish research environment, including academy, industry and society, is considered to be among the world leading in the field. SAFER and the Green Mobility Collaborative Research Centre (GREMO) at the Nagoya University has mutual interests and a signed Memorandum of Understanding.
 
190 delegates from 13 countries participated in 107 talks, technical visits and social events. A third of the participants came from industry, both local and international. 25% of the participants came from Sweden, and equally many from Japan. Other well represented countries were Republic of Korea and Germany.
 
Keynote speakers
  • Dr. Erik Coelingh, Volvo Cars, Sweden, Drive Me – Self-driving cars for sustainable mobility
  • Professor Anders Lie (PhD), The Swedish Transport Administration, Road traffic safety, automated cars and infratsructure – potentials and possibilities
  • Dr. Cristina Olaverri Monreal, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Innovation Systems Department Business Unit Technology Experience, Vienna, Austria, Road Users and Human Machine Interaction.
  • Dipl.-Ing. Benedikt Schonlau, Head of Department Active Safety & Lighting Functions, IAV GmbH , Chemnitz, Germany, Highly automated driving: Whom can you trust?
 
More information can be found at the website www.fastzero15.net where also the proceeding is freely available.

 


Published: Fri 02 Oct 2015.